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Ogallala

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Ogallala is a city in Keith County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 4,737 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Keith County. In the days of the Nebraska Territory, the city was a stop on the Pony Express and later along the transcontinental railroad. The Ogallala Aquifer was named after the city.HistoryOgallala first gained fame as a terminus for cattle drives that traveled from Texas to the Union Pacific railhead located there. These trails are known as the Western or Great Western trails. The Union Pacific Railroad reached Ogallala on May 24, 1867. The city itself was not laid out until 1875 and not incorporated until 1930.The only cemetery in Ogallala between 1874 and 1884 was the Boot Hill. Over 100 people were buried there in that period, which is significant because the town had a population of less than 130 permanent residents at the time.The town's name comes from the Oglala Sioux tribe.The Old West gunman Luke Short lived for a time in Ogallala.
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