Deuel County - Genealogy Trails





County Organization



    Deuel county, one of the smallest in the state and the most south easterly county in the Pan­handle of Nebraska, lies in  the most southerly tier of counties and in the third east from the western boundary of Nebraska.


    At the present time it is bounded on the north by Garden county, on the east by Keith county, on the south by Colorado and on the west by Cheyenne county.


    Like all the rest of Nebraska the early inhabitants of this county were the roving bands of Indians that inhabited the plains before the white man came and before the territory in which Deuel county lies was known to the whites who settled the continent. Like the rest of Nebraska this land belonged, to Spain, France, and then became a part of the United States.


    For a number of years after Nebraska Territory was created, and the western part of the state laid out in counties, called Lyon, Taylor, and Monroe. Deuel county territory was then principally in Lyon county. After Nebraska became a state, Deuel county was comprised in old Cheyenne county, and much of the early history of that county is a part of Deuel

    county’s history. Many of the early events of Deuel county are to be found in the history of “Old Cheyenne.”  


    By the election of 1888, the eastern third of Cheyenne county was erected as Deuel county and later the northern portion of Deuel county became Garden county. In the early history and general treatment of the Panhandle, will be found stories of Deuel county, long before Nebraska became a state.


    Also reference will be found to the ranch life in this section when the cowboy held it as a range. The county was named after a man who was connected with the building of the Union Pacific railroad.


    The general topography of Deuel county is high rolling plains, ranging from cliffs along the streams to the Level land of tables and valleys. The high plateaus have been called tables and received various names. Along the tables go the valleys, and the county is noted for the tablelands used for grazing also for the fertile valleys.


    The Lodgepole valley is the longest in the county; it enters at about the center of the western boundary, flows southeast and a little west of the center of the southern boundary passes out into Colorado.


    The Platte valley crosses the southeastern corner of the county and while not so long as the Lodgepole, is wider. In addition to these major valleys there are smaller valleys.


    Lodgepole creek and the Platte river are the streams and it is from them that the water is secured for the irrigation carried on in Deuel county.



    Source:  History of Nebraska