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John William Boren's Farmhouse 1977, McCool Junction Nebraska

History of McCool Junction, Nebraska

McCool Junction is a village in York County, Nebraska.  It is located in Southeastern Nebraska, 5 ½ miles south of Interstate 80 on Highway 81. The estimated population in 2020 was 430.


McCool Junction was originally known as McCool, and was platted in 1886, when the railroad was extended to that location. The city was named for Daniel McCool, a railroad official.


In 1888, two years after its founding, McCool became the junction of two railroads, the Kansas City and Omaha railroads. The name of the town was changed in 1888 to reflect the addition of the second railroad line.


According to the United States Census Bureau, The Village of McCool Junction has a total of 0.47 square miles of land.



2020 Population Data:  McCool Junction, Nebraska


Population in 2020: 429 (0% urban, 100% rural).


Population change since 2000: +11.4%   Males: 232   (54.2%) Females: 197   (45.8%)


Median resident age: 37.3 years Nebraska median age: 36.8 years Zip codes: 68401.


Estimated median household income in 2019: $55,316, up from $38,875 in 2000.

McCool Junction: $55,316 - Nebraska: $63,229


Estimated per capita income in 2020: $25,232 up from $16,598 in 2000.


Estimated median house or condo value in 2020: $138,559, up from $52,500 in 2000.


McCool Junction: $138,559 – Nebraska: $172,700.

Median gross rent in 2019: $787.


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2020: 13.5% (11.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 54.5% for Black residents.

Population spread in the 2000 United States Census:


28.1% under the age of 18, 5.2%

18 to 24, 31.2%

25 to 44, 22.1%

45 to 64, 28%

65 years of age or older. 13.5%

The median age in 2000 was 35 years.

For every 100 females, there were 101.6 males.


The K-12 School District is,

McCool Junction Public Schools


McCool Junction's school building was built in 1916, following the destruction of the previous building by fire. Over the years, the school has added an elementary wing, two gyms, a music room, and another new elementary wing to the original building. Additional classrooms have been added in adjacent lots, known as North and East Campus.

High school sports include boys’ and girls’ cross country, girls’ volleyball, football, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ bowling, and boys’ and girls’ track and field. The school's teams have won five state championships: boys’ basketball (1985), girls’ volleyball (1986, 1999), girls’ basketball (2000) and boys’ track and field (2009).




Hunting and fishing are popular among the residents of the town. Hunters chiefly pursue white-tailed deer, pheasant, quail, and racoon. Local fishing is focused on catfish. Other game animals and fish are also found in the area.

McCool Junction is home to Junction Motor Speedway, a 3/8-mile dirt oval track. Auto races are held from late March through October.

 Compiled by Bob Vincent, April 22, 2021

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