“INDIANOLA HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SIMPLE LITTLE TOWN, STILL IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE….. I HOPE.”
Indianola is a city in Red Willow County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 642 at the 2000 census.
The community was named for Indianola, IA
The latitude of Indianola is 40.234N. The longitude is -100.416W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 2,382 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 622.
In its early days, Indianola was the county seat of Red Willow County. After the railroad opted to locate it’s mid-point terminal on the Omaha to Denver route in McCook rather than in Indianola (McCook offered free land for the rail yard whereas a private citizen in Indianola requested a large sum for his land thinking it was a done deal), population shifted to McCook and after several attempts, some violent, the county offices were moved to McCook.
Located in the City Park of Indianola is the grave of a Pawnee Indian woman who died of wounds received at the battle between the Sioux and Pawnee tribes at Massacre Canyon just east of Trenton, Nebraska. Originally she was buried northwest of town on a bluff overlooking Coon Creek. In the 1970s it became obvious that erosion would eventually destroy her gravesite and the citizens of Indianola financed the reburial of her remains in the City Park.
Indianola and Red Willow schools consolidated in 1969 to become Republican Valley Schools. Republican Valley consolidated with Bartley, Danbury, Marion, Lebanon and Wilsonville schools to become Southwest Public Schools. The Southwest Elementary School is located in Indianola and the new Southwest High School will be located in Bartley. October 2009 is the expected completion date for the new school. http://www.swpschools.org is the web site for Southwest Public Schools. Click on the site below to take you there or go over to the right under Areas of Interest.
For those of you who have not been back to Indianola for several years, you will be surprised by the changes. In the last dozen years the city has put in new water mains along with a new water tower that is located on the east side of main hill now instead of the west side.
Around 2003 all six buildings on the corner of Main Street and the highway were torn down to build a new Fire Station. The six buildings torn down were the Lord’s Annex as it was called, the Women’s Club which had the Mason room above it, the old Bank building on the corner, the old library, the liquor store and what I remember as the Greek Cafe.
On March 27, 2004, a fire started in the grocery store. The building had been a grocery store for as long as I can remember being Edgar Franks IGA years ago and then many different owners. The fire that night spread to the City Office and shop. The shop was the old dance hall or roller skating rink and also damaged the building next to the post office that belonged to Gus Guthrie. The City Office was first moved to the Community Building and then into the old Indianola Bank building where it remained for 2 years until a new City Office building was built on the site of the old one.
A new water system with new wells was put in in 2008. In the plans now is a new sewer lagoon system to replace the one built back in the 1970’s. This is hoped to be started in 2009. Also in 2009, the Community Building will be doubled in size so it will be more useful.
The Indianola Medical Clinic is located on Main Street. It is a division of Tri-Valley Health System in Cambridge Nebraska.