W. H. Hill from Iowa and T. W. Fountain from Connecticut crossed the Missouri River at Plattsmouth in late 1856 on a flatboat. They traveled west together until they arrived at a creek they could not cross. Here they set about to build their homes, becoming the first white settlers on the “south bend” of the Platte. Previous to this, the Nebraska Culture of the prehistoric Woodland Indians, and much later the Pawnee and Otoe, lived in this area.  It is here that the Platte River makes a sweeping turn to the northeast. In April, 1857, the town of “South Bend” was platted. The years have seen many changes in South Bend. The prospects for the next 100 years are bright and promising as it continues to be a viable, quiet place to live a good life.

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