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Big Springs, Nebraska
Downtown Big Springs, looking north up Pine Street
Downtown Big Springs, looking north up Pine Street
Location of Big Springs, Nebraska
Location of Big Springs, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Deuel
 • Total 0.44 sq mi (1.15 km2)
 • Land 0.44 sq mi (1.15 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,373 ft (1,028 m)
 • Total 400
 • Estimate 
 • Density 851.02/sq mi (328.57/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 308
FIPS code 31-04895
GNIS feature ID 0827434

Big Springs is a village in Deuel County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 400 at the 2010 census.


The first name of the settlement was "Lone Tree", after a large cottonwood tree standing alone on the prairie near the town. It was believed to be over 100 years old at the time of first settlement and could be seen by riders on the Pony Express and travelers on the Oregon Trail. Sam Bass's gang reportedly divided $60,000 in loot under the tree from an 1877 robbery of a Union Pacific train.

The railroad named this stop "Big Springs" in 1867. Spring water from near the track was used by steam locomotives until 1950.

Big Springs was platted in 1884, and named for the stream that runs through town. The Big Springs post office, established in 1884, was officially called Bigspring until 1943. The village of Big Springs was incorporated in 1917.

The county fair was held in Big Springs from 1889-1932. Chappell, the only other town in the county, became the county seat.

In 1884, the first church services were held by the Rev. E. E. Mount in the Phelps Hotel. The first church in the county, called Prospect Church, was a sod building constructed 9 miles (14 km) north of town in 1887.


Big Springs is located at 41°3′48″N 102°4′30″W / 41.06333°N 102.07500°W / 41.06333; -102.07500 (41.063399, -102.075111).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.44 square miles (1.14 km2), all of it land.

Interstate 76 intersects Interstate 80 near the village. U.S. Route 30, formerly known as the Lincoln Highway, intersects U.S. Route 138 about 3 miles north.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 408
1930 595 45.8%
1940 569 −4.4%
1950 527 −7.4%
1960 506 −4.0%
1970 472 −6.7%
1980 505 7.0%
1990 495 −2.0%
2000 418 −15.6%
2010 400 −4.3%
2019 (est.) 377 −5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 400 people, 186 households, and 119 families residing in the village. The population density was 909.1 inhabitants per square mile (351.0/km2). There were 217 housing units at an average density of 493.2 per square mile (190.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.5% White, 0.8% Native American, 2.5% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.0% of the population.

There were 186 households, of which 19.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.0% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.65.

The median age in the village was 50.1 years. 18.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.6% were from 25 to 44; 37.1% were from 45 to 64; and 22% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.8% male and 51.3% female.

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