History of Gretna, NE
Located in Sarpy County, Gretna is a bustling community on the outskirts of Omaha.
How It Began
Gretna Ne was originally founded in the year 1886 when it was purchased for $560 from the Lincoln Land Company. The city of Gretna was officially Incorporated in 1889. In its earliest years, Gretna was an 80-acre plot of land constructed along the Burlington Northern Railroad rails. The Burlington Railroad was extremely important at the time because it made a connection between the city of Omaha and Ashland Nebraska. Prior to Burlington Northern, Forest City had been the local trading post and had existed since 1856. It was a busy and flourishing town up to this point but came to an end due to the railroad. What essentially happened is the residents of Forest City moved to this newly developed area closer to the railroad. This basically moved the town of Forest City to Gretna.
Origin Of The Name
Gretna’s name was initially inspired from Scotland’s Gretna Green. This is because most of the early settlers of the community came from the Scotland and had Scottish ancestry. The name of the community was officially announced as Gretna on the 10th of July 1889.
Gretna Nebraska is located on Hwy 6 and is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Omaha and a 40-mile drive to Lincoln. The Elkhorn River and Platte River are only a few miles away from the city which gives the residents of Gretna an easy escape from their daily routines. Kayoing, tubing, and fishing are some of the activity’s residents enjoy.
Modern Day Gretna
In present day, Gretna is quite large compared to its humble beginnings and has been growing rapidly since 2000. Gretna has seen many improvements and developments since that time and literally has the best of both worlds to offer residents. It has the benefits of small town living with a major metropolitan only a few minutes away.