Harlan County, Nebraska, population 3,423, located in the Republican River Valley on the border of Kansas, is many things to many people: a peaceful refuge away from the hectic pace of city life, a prime hunting and fishing region, a wide-open location in which to view and interact with nature, and a family vacation destination with a diversity of activities to suit a variety of interests.
Rich in both Native American and pioneer history, Harlan County and the Republican River Valley were once home to the largest concentration of buffalo on the Great Plains and were a favored hunting ground for the Pawnee, Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.
Although warned by the native populations about the common occurrence of major flooding in the area, Europeans settled along the river and in 1935 over 100 people drowned and most bridges and farm buildings were destroyed by an eight foot high wall of flood water moving downriver. The Harlan County Dam and Reservoir were then built to control flooding and manage irrigation, but they have since become the crown jewel of the region, serving as the prime outdoor recreation destination and wildlife haven in south-central Nebraska.
Orleans, population 345
Jeep Jamboree: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2hpGRENxkY
Oxford, population 716
Ragan, population 40
Republican City, population 186
Stamford, population 178