Pioneers first inhabited this area of the Western
Nebraska Sandhills beginning in the late 1870's. Native Americans
were also in the area until military troops moved them all out by
1880. The railroad came through in 1887, and a depot named Mullen
was housed in a boxcar near the Trefren trading post. The town of
Mullen was established in 1888, and Hooker County was officially
formed in 1889.
Information can be obtained from the Historical Society (Genealogical Society has disbanded).
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The Sandhills of Nebraska is a
nearly 20,000 square miles subregion of the Great Plains and the
largest stabilized sand dune area in North America. The Sandhills
cover a twenty-one county area of north central Nebraska
including Arthur, Wheeler, Custer, Grant, Valley, Cherry, Howard,
Brown, Garfield, Sherman, Keya Paha, Logan, Rock, Boyd, Hooker,
Thomas, Loup, Blaine, Greeley, Holt, and McPherson Counties.
The village of Mullen started with a small general store or trading post called Trefren Post, run by L. Trefren which was located about one mile west of the present townsite. In the fall of 1887, the Grand Island and Wyoming Railroad laid tracks across what is now Hooker County. Mr. Trefren and the railroad could not agree on land price, so they put in switches about a mile east of the trading post. They converted a box car into a telegraph station and called it Siding Nine, later named Mullen after Charles D. Mullen of Lincoln. At that time Mr. Mullen was Chief Clerk for Mr. D.E. Thompson, Division Superintendent of the CB&Q, but the actual naming was done by T.E.Calvert, General Superintendent of the railroad. Mr. Trefren moved his "Post" to Mullen which was to become the county seat of Hooker County. (Source: History of Hooker County Nebraska - First Hundred Years; Used by permission. All rights reserved.)
Mullen is the only town in Hooker County. Other towns, post offices, and railroad stations that previously existed are described in a Nebraska Place-Names book published in 1925 by Nebraska University. The 1908 New International Encyclopedia has a Nebraska map showing Mullen, Hecla, Weir, and Abby. Area history and artifacts are housed in an old 1916 hotel that has been reclaimed and converted to a museum by the Historical Society.
Many of the Genealogical Society records are located at the Hooker County Library. Inquiries sent to the County Clerk at the Courthouse or the Editor of the Hooker County Tribune newspaper will very likely be passed on to the Library in Mullen. The courthouse does have land records and marriage records which can be researched. Birth and death records are at the Vital Statistics office in Lincoln NE. Check the Genealogy Research information about Nebraska vital statistics for helpful guidelines.
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