A Brief History About Lindsay


Lindsay was started because of the Homestead Act in 1862.  Many families were coming to Nebraska to establish homes.  Some families began settling near Shell Creek, because of the fertile land.  The first families to settle in this area were from Lindsay, Ontario, Canada.  The first was John M. Walker and he decided to name the town after his hometown in Canada.  After about ten years these Canadian families were joined by a number of German families.  In 1886, the population reached about 200 and many people were starting their own businesses.  On March 7, 1888, the board of supervisors of Platte County passed a petition stating that Lindsay was officially a village because of its population being above 200.  The village of Lindsay was beginning to take shape.

A little after the 1900's, Lindsay had electricity and a 100-ft well that pumped water electrically into a steel tank that held 60,000 gallons of water.  As the years passed, the number of businesses began to grow. By April of 1909, Lindsay had one of each of these businesses: hotel, opera house, natural park, livery barn, shoe shop, barbershop, jewelry store, harness shop, furniture store, implement store, flour and feed store, and an electric light plant.  Lindsay also had two drug store, banks, restaurants, lumber yards, meat markets, cream stations, hardware stores, and blacksmith shops, along with three saloons, elevators, mail routes, and general store.  At that time Lindsay had one private and one public school. In addition, they had two churches, one Catholic and one Methodist.  There was a branch of a railroads that went through Lindsay.  It was called the Albion Line and it consisted of 115 miles of tracks.  It ran four freight trains and two passenger trains daily.  The Albion Line was credited for being one of the best train branches of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad.  By 1917, the population of Lindsay had grown to almost 500 people.

Lindsay had its share of disasters.  In 1888, there was a blizzard that killed 14 people in Nebraska.  The snow was so fine that it caused choking and made breathing difficult.  Several businesses had fires, these happened because of the type of material the buildings were made out of.  There were a number of floods in this area and after the flood in 1951 people began moving to higher ground.  In 1949, there was another blizzard that took the lives of four more Nebraska citizens.  Even though Lindsay had their share of natural disasters, they never gave up on the town and it is still beautiful today.

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Nathan Vitosh, Tracie Beller, Mindi Jensen, Darci Lindgren

Last Updated March 27, 2007

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