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.
of Street's Name
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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
Howells Industrial Facts Book
The History of Colfax County 1867-1967 Nebraska's Centennial
Historical album and descriptive history of Howells
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
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