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Commemorative plaque at the Dobytown site
Dobytown, Nebraska is located in Nebraska
Dobytown, Nebraska
Location in Nebraska
Dobytown, Nebraska is located in the United States
Dobytown, Nebraska
Location in the United States
Location Kearney County, Nebraska
Nearest city Kearney, Nebraska
Built 1859
NRHP reference No. 74001125
Added to NRHP December 16, 1974

Dobytown is a ghost town in Kearney County, Nebraska, United States, three miles west of Fort Kearny. Officially named Kearney City, the community was established in 1859. The town was given the common name of Dobytown because it contained mostly adobe buildings. Although the community no longer exists, the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The site is located at an altitude of 2,129 feet (649 m).

As one of the most important stops for travelers between Independence, Missouri and the West Coast, Dobytown evolved to meet the needs of the thousands of soldiers, traders, teamsters and pioneers traveling west. Dobytown also served as the major outfitting point west of the Missouri River, the center of frontier transportation from 1860 to 1866. A Pony Express station was located in Dobytown and it was the first county seat of Kearney County.

The completion of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1869 reduced the travel along the trail and by the fort. The U.S. Army issued an order for abandonment of Fort Kearny on 22 May 1871. This caused Dobytown to be abandoned.

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