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Papillion's name is derived from French fur traders who ventured near the valley of the Papio Creek as early as 1739. The butterfly-filled meadow was so beautiful that one of the men is said to have exclaimed in his native tongue, "Papillon!" (meaning "butterfly"). The land would later come to be known as Papillion. Native Americans roamed freely across the local prairie until 1857, when John L. Beadle obtained a land grant and platted a town. Successful negotiations with the Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific Railroads ensured the growth and prosperity needed for the Papillion Town Company to incorporate in 1870. Businesses soon lined the center of the village as German immigrants cultivated the land. New schools and churches enhanced the establishment of the booming community, which became the seat of Sarpy County. The pioneers persevered through fire, pestilence, and flood to establish Papillion, a town destined to survive.
ISBN: 9780738576527
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Nebraska
Series: Images of America
Images: 230
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Leah C. Hoins has interviewed pioneer descendants and scoured the photograph archives of Sarpy County and Papillion Historical Societies to find images that tell the story of how a beautiful meadow became the foundation of what has been identified by CNN/Money magazine as a great American city.
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