Fremont History

Seven land speculators claimed the town site of Fremont on August 23, 1856. They were the town’s original “Pathfinders” with a vision in mind — that this piece of prairie would develop into a major rail center on the Union Pacific transcontinental railroad. Sustained by abundant land and a people whose hard work, honesty and conservative beliefs would serve them well for generations to come began to develop in earnest after the Civil War.  The downtown commercial center and residential areas developed, hotels were abundant and by 1906, three broad-based manufacturing industries — foundries, factories, saw mills — grew along the rail lines. Raw materials were shipped out. Fremont’s destiny was sealed. It would survive.

Today Fremont continues to provide its people the sense of warmth and connectivity they seek. Just beyond the grasp of bustling Omaha, residents of Fremont have access to the energy of the metro's amenities whenever they want. But they also enjoy the sanctity of Fremont's classic midwestern values. Perhaps this balance is what fuels tomorrow and their visions for progress. The people that live and visit Fremont are still called Pathfinders. Creating. Exploring. Enjoying.

Fremont boasts attractive neighborhoods, top-notch schools, progressive medical facilities and a variety of retail centers and recreational outlets. With recreational opportunities and community amenities abounding Fremont is an excellent location for commuters to enjoy the quality of life special to rural Nebraska. Activity abounds as the community is home to the Fremont State Lakes, summer cultural events at the Louis E. May museum, and during John C. Fremont Days. Fremont's historic downtown is home to several unique specialty shops, antiques, clothing stores & restaurants. Fremont is referred to as  “The Antique Capital of Eastern Nebraska”.   Fremont residents looking to enjoy a close-to-home outing can take advantage of 15 neighborhood parks and a trail system.