The minute book of The Nebraska Association provides a detailed account of the founding of the city of Beatrice.
On April 22, 1857, on board the steamer Hannibal anchored on the Missouri River, a small group of passengers met to form a settlement organization, which they named "The Nebraska Association." One of the organization's first orders of business was to form a "locating committee" charged to "explore Nebraska and select a townsite." After investigating several sites in southeast Nebraska, the committee assembled in Omaha and recommended a site "near the center of Gage County." Their report was unanimously adopted, and another committee was named to propose a name for the new town. At a subsequent meeting this committee offered two names for consideration. "Wheatland" received nine votes and "Beatrice" received sixteen.
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