Who are the streets named after?

Throwback Thursday
Some of North Platte's streets are named after influential locals.
Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 9:07 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Many of the streets in North Platte were named after individuals based on their contributions locally and nationally. Buffalo Bill named streets in the west part of town. Miles, Custer and Carr avenue were named after generals, who Buffalo Bill served with in the service. Sheridan avenue was named after General Sheridan, who was in charge of the Western Department.

In Downtown North Platte, Dewey street was renamed following the Spanish-American War. Admiral Dewey defeated the Spanish fleet in the Philippines, and residents displayed their patriotism by renaming the street. Jeffers street was named after Bill Jeffers, who was president of the Union Pacific Railroad and a North Platte native. Bailey street was also named after Ed Bailey, a long-time president of the railroad.

“It kind of shows what the community priorities were or are and who they revere locally and nationally,” said Jim Griffin, Curator Director of the Lincoln County Historical Museum.

Other streets were named after influential locals who contributed significantly to the community. Dent Street was named after George Dent, who was a popular doctor that worked at North Platte General.

George McDonald opened the first bank in North Platte and bought the first business. Bare street was named after Ira Bare, who was the editor in chief of the North Platte Tribune and writer of the two-volume history of Lincoln County.

Halligan drive was named after a prominent lawyer and McCabe street was named after a doctor who also owned the McCabe hotel.

Gilman Street may be named after Platte Gilman, who was a longtime resident and pioneer of North Platte. It also could be named after the Gilman family road ranch, which was popular along the Oregon Trail because of its clean water well.

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