The County of Dawson was thought to have been named after Jacob Dawson, the first postmaster in the settlement of Lancaster, the forerunner to the state's capital city.

 

 Further research has indicated that the honor could actually belong to Pennsyvania Congressman, John L. Dawson; writer of the homestead bill of 1854.

 

The county's original boundaries were set byTerritorial Legislature in 1860.

 

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Phelps County - Southwest

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Frontier County - Southwest

Lincoln County - West

Custer County - North

 

 

Cities and Villages

 

Cozad

Eddyville

Farnam

Gothenberg

Lexington

Overton

Sumner

 

 

Online Data

 

Pioneer History

 

 Obituaries  

 

 Naming of Dawson County

 

News Articles    

 

Cemeteries  

 

1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes 

 

County History   

 

Marriages   

 

1860 U.S. Federal Census    

 

Fifth Commencement Class - Lexington  

 

WWI Draft Card Registration 1917-1918 Index   

1883 Pensioners List   

 

 

 

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