Willow Island, Nebraska

Willow Island (also Willow) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in western Dawson County, Nebraska, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 26.[1]

Willow Island, Nebraska
Union Pacific Railroad station in Willow Island, 1867
Willow Island
Location within the state of Nebraska
Coordinates: 40°53′19″N 100°4′17″W
CountryUnited States
  Total2.81 sq mi (7.29 km2)
  Land2.81 sq mi (7.29 km2)
  Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
2,526 ft (770 m)
  Density9/sq mi (3.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
FIPS code31-53205
GNIS feature ID834776

It lies near Interstate 80 along U.S. Route 30, between the cities of Cozad and Gothenburg. The city of Lexington, the county seat of Dawson County, lies 19 miles (31 km) southeast of Willow Island.[2] Its elevation is 2,526 feet (770 m).


Willow Island was laid out in the 1880s.[3] It was named after a nearby island where willows were abundant.[4] Because the community had two different names (Willow and Willow Island), the Board on Geographic Names ruled in 1902 that the community's official name was "Willow Island."[5] A post office was established at Willow Island in 1874, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1991.[6]


  1. "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Willow Island CDP, Nebraska". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  2. Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '08. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2008, p. 62.
  3. Burr, George L. (1921). History of Hamilton and Clay Counties, Nebraska, Volume 1. S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 107.
  4. Fitzpatrick, Lillian L. (1960). Nebraska Place-Names. University of Nebraska Press. p. 52. A 1925 edition is available for download at University of Nebraska—Lincoln Digital Commons.
  5. "Willow Island Decision Card". Geographic Names Information System. 5 June 1902. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  6. "Dawson County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 25 August 2014.

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