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The City of Chappell
757 2nd Street
PO Box 487
Chappell NE 69129

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City Of Chappell

COMMUNITY

Chappell presents an ideal community to live in, play in, and shop in. Chappell is a friendly,

caring and active community. Chappell is located along the Interstate 80 corridor in the beautiful,

picturesque panhandle(southwest corner) of Nebraska. Also centrally located along

US Highway 385 and US Highway 30 (otherwise known as the Lincoln Highway).

Union Pacific Railroad runs directly through Chappell. The longest creek in the United States,

Lodgepole Creek, also runs through Chappell next to the nine (9) hole municipal golf course.

Interstate 76 is 14 miles to the south.

 

General Information

Chappell is located in Deuel County and is the Deuel County Seat.
ZIP Code 69129
Time Zone: Mountain (Standard Time: GMT -7 hours, DST: GMT -6 hours).
Coordinates: Latitude 41.09 & Longitude -102.47

History Of Chappell


CHAPPELL -- DEUEL COUNTY

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The town of Chappell was named for a railroad construction engineer, Charles Henry Chappell,

who,as the story is told, had supplies sent to him and his crew along the line with the command,

"Send this shipment out to Chappell." The locality became known as "Chappell" from the time

when there was only a box car on a siding and a crude cabin or two.

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The town of Chappell was platted in 1884 and registered September 19th of that year

by J.B. Carmichael. Then began the land office business of selling lots with prices ranging

from $4 to $20. Chappell was incorporated as a village, the first in Deuel County,

September 10, 1907, twenty-three years after it was platted and registered.

The first trustees of Chappell, named by the county commissioners, were Fred Sudman,

H.I. Babcock, Oran B. Bower, John Wertz, and Charles Soeten.
There have been the usual small town businesses over the past 103 years including

two banks, First National Bank and Adams Bank and Trust, eating establishments, real estate

offices, a furniture store, drug store and a full service grocery store. Chappell has continuously

had a weekly newspaper, "The Chappell Register," since 1887.
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Most of the streets of Chappell are paved and the citizens take pride in keeping their

homes, yards, and business places well maintained.
The town's largest employers 2005 are the Farmers' Elevator Company,

Miller Memorial Nursing Home, and the usual tax supported

agencies: schools, county, city, state, and federal.
Chappell's six churches have had a significant influence on the community.

The town has a medical clinic, ambulance service manned by volunteers, volunteer

fire department with a fire hall, swimming pool, and other summer recreational

activities. These include a lake for fishing, an airport with a 4000 foot asphalt

runway, grass greens golf course, K-12 school system in two buildings, and a

fine public library. Population of this friendly town in 2000 was 983.
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Chappell takes pride in having several well known citizens in the community. Among them are

Virginia Smith, Third District representative to the U.S. Congress;

Ramey C. Whitney, former Nebraska state senator;

Aaron Gunn Pyle, deceased, well known artist and student of Thomas Hart Benton;

Merlyn Carlson, past president of both the Nebraska Stockgrowers Association and National
Cattlemen's Association, former Director of the Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture and is currently
serving as Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment for the U.S. Dept.
of Agriculture;

Mrs. Hjalmer (Gertrude) Carlson, deceased, president of the Ash Hollow Centennial Association.
This group presented"The Ash Hollow Pageant", an event that included a cast of some 900 people
from several counties in the area, acclaimed as one of the finest celebrations in the stateduring the
Nebraska Centennial.

by Clora A. Becker, Deuel County H.S. Chappell, NE 69129, some material has been updated.

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The following descriptions appeared Sunday 5 June 1887 in the Lincoln Journal.

This was an "immigrant issue" intended to provide the towns of Nebraska

with an opportunity to attract new residents.

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DAILY NEBRASKA STATE JOURNAL, LINCOLN, SUNDAY 5 JUNE 1887
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CHAPPELL

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Situated in Cheyenne County -- On the
Union Pacific Railroad -- Three Hundred
and Twenty seven Miles from Lincoln --
Population Two Hundred.
Chappell, Cheyenne county, is a thriving village on the main line of the Union Pacific

railway, 337 miles west of Omaha and eighty five miles east of the western state line.

It is situated midway between the north and south Platte rivers, and in a fine agricultural

district which is being rapidly developed.
The present population is about 200 and is rapidly increasing. It has three general

stores, two hardware stores, two drug stores, two implement dealers, two livery

barns, two furniture stores, two restaurants, a hotel, a bank, a lumber yard, and

a newspaper. The Union Pacific railway company has just completed a neat and

commodious depot, and a new school house ia about to be built. Chappell will

undoubtedly become a county seat when Cheyenne county is divided.


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