Cowabunga County…No wait. Keya Paha County, Nebraska, sounds like it should be near a large body of water. Unfortunately, Nebraska is the farthest that you can be in the entire union from such a thing.
Originally named after the Dakota Indian word Keya Paha, “turtle hill”, the county’s largest town and also active county seat is Springview, Nebraska. The Keya Paha River used to be the dividing line between South Dakota and Nebraska up until 1882 when the boundary was switched to be the 43 parallel allowing Nebraska to annex the Keya Paha River.
In 1889 there was a great fear of the Indians, whose land was just across the Keya Paha River. Even after the Battle of Wounded Knee, settlers thought that remnants of the Sioux tribe would surely attack the town.


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