Garden County in Nebraska is one of the newly developed suburbs that emerged just a century back. Even though the legislation gained its foundation in 1909, the culture and historical background of the land dates back to ancient times. If you are curious about how the county came about, let’s explore the history and development of Garden County.
Early political impacts
Garden county emerged as a political result due to majority votes taken, favoring to separate a county from the existing region, Deuel County. After the completion of the Oshkosh railway line’s construction, the Nebraska government, on November 2, 1909, decided to hold voting to separate the western portion of the Deuel County.
Since it was west to entire Nebraska, the officials suggested the name of Garden County resembling the Garden of Eden. Though the area is no wider than 1700 square miles, and no more than 2500 people live in the region, according to progressive politics, the leading representatives were always Republican, and the land has been politically active since then.
Ancient economic activities
According to early Nebraskan history, the land of Garden County was a popular area for Red Indian or American Indian hunters. The land rich with grasslands and greenery were a prime attraction for game hunters due to a high population of deer, buffalos, and plenty of fish in the rivers.
Later, during the 1980s, archeologists found much debris of tools and instruments near the present-day Ash Hollow Creek. After the white men started their civilization in the near 1850s, other economic activities like farming and horseback riding emerged.
Impact of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl
These two events of the early 1930s were the most horrid events of American history, damaging and crippling the economy with loss and challenge, which didn’t leave out Garden County as an exception. The Great Depression dragged the economy with crashing rates of sales and shares, which eventually weakened the economy. The population was drained, and even later, people were compelled to move and contribute to the then freshly emerging World War 2.
During the same time, the Dust Bowl series also came over with a sequence of dry dust storms to ruin the land and its fertility. The entire lush land of Prairie grasslands became arid, cutting out the possibility of farming and agriculture. People and later immigrants were forced to adopt dryland farming principles, which proved challenging to the native environment.
Development of farming and economy
The prairie grassland of Garden County was certainly a great challenge for the migrating farmers and even became worse after the Great Depressions wave. Farmers rather adopted backyard garden farming for single crop and harvest instead of developing the arid land into a sustainable environment.
By the late 1930s, as the county gained political presence and authority, urban trade and tourism emerged. These days, one can actually visit several museums, farms, art galleries, established in the mid of the 20th century. The county is now flocked with tourists all around the year, immense trade and development, along with a strong political foundation in entire Nebraska.