Bellevue Settlers Club (Bellevue, Neb.) [RG0804.AM]

HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID

RG0804.AM:  Bellevue Settlers Club (Bellevue, Nebraska)

Club laws:  1854-1855
Bellevue, Sarpy County, Nebraska:  Land claim club
Size:  One item

BACKGROUND NOTE

Two events in 1854 prepared the way for settlement in Bellevue. In March the Omaha, Otoe, and Missouri tribes signed treaties relinquishing their claim upon land in most of eastern Nebraska. In May the Kansas-Nebraska Act was signed, opening Nebraska Territory to white settlement.

New settlers poured into Bellevue to claim land. Such claims were not legal until the land had been surveyed and an official government land office established. As a form of protection, Bellevue settlers formed their own claims club. Within months of its formation in September 1854, virtually all of the land in and around Bellevue had been registered with the Bellevue Settlers Club.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of one item, the Club Laws from 1854-1855. The Club Laws were devised by the Bellevue Settlers Club in order to systematize the registration of land claims in the Bellevue area. The laws detail requirements and restrictions set by the club.

INVENTORY

Club Laws, 1854-1855



Subject headings:

Bellevue (Nebraska) — History
Frontier and pioneer life — Nebraska — Bellevue
Frontier and pioneer life — Nebraska — Sarpy County
Land settlement — Nebraska — Sarpy County
Sarpy County (Nebraska) — History

Revised TMM       04-19-2007

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