Where's Howells?

|| Home || Where's Howells? || Local Economy and Services || Tourism ||
|| Education and Recreation || Economic Development ||
Ballroom Dance Schedule//Howells Ballroom Foundation ||
|| Retire to Howells || Businesses/ Howells Community Club ||  Alumni Class Reunions ||
Industrial Sites & Buildings || Howells Community Foundation


Howells is located in northern Colfax County in east-central Neb., three miles east of the junction of highways 15 and 91. Howells lies 40 miles southeast of Norfolk, 40 miles northeast of Columbus, 40 miles northwest of Fremont, 80 miles northwest of Omaha and 85 miles north of Lincoln. The population estimates of both Howells and Colfax County have shown relative increases within the last six years.

Location of Street's Name

Click to view a Street Map of Howells.


In 1887, officials of the Fremont Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad designated the name “Howell” to the community. This name honored James Smith Howell, who was a local surveyor, farmer and teacher. The final "s" was added in 1937 making the legal name Howells. In 1888, Harry E. Phelps began the Howell’s Journal, the local newspaper, which continues to thrive. The Howells Historical Museum and Howells Library has memorabilia items available for viewing. The library's holdings include:

  • Howells Industrial Facts Book

  • The History of Colfax County 1867-1967 Nebraska's Centennial Year

  • Historical album and descriptive history of Howells - 1916

  • Diamond Jubilee 1887-1962 Howells, Nebraska

  • Memoirs of a Village 1887-1937, Howells

  • Howells, Nebraska, The First One Hundred Years 1887-1987
  • 1887 Howells NE 2012 Quasquicentennial 125 celebration, Family & Business History updated 1987-2011

Howells Facts Book
Learn more about the facts & figures of Howells online! Simply click on the image to view Howell's Facts Book in PDF format.

If you don't already have an Adobe reader, you can download a free copy at: Adobe Acrobat Reader or call us for your free copy today!

Interested in Genealogy?

This project is a part of the USGenWeb and strives to assist researchers in locating information about their ancestors, at no cost. Colfax County web site is where you can post a query, find people willing to assist you in your search, read indices of the early marriage records, etc.

|| Top of Page || Home Page ||

Copyright ©1997 Nebraska Public Power District. All rights reserved.