Schuyler is the county seat for Colfax County and was originally known as Shell Creek Station. Colfax County is one of three counties created when the Nebraska legislature divided Platte County into three separate counties. The newly created Colfax eastern county was named Colfax and Shell Creek Station became Schuyler in 1870.
Because of its central location, Schuyler has participated in four significant historical events: The Oregon Trail from 1836 to 1869; the Mormon Trail from the 1840s to the 1850s; the Transcontinental Railway in 1866; and America’s first transcontinental highway, the coast-to-coast Lincoln Highway project from 1913 to 1925.
Schuyler became the Midwestern home of the Benedictine Missions in 1935. In 1997, the St. Benedict Center was constructed near the Benedictine Mission House four miles north of Schuyler. One of Nebraska’s most beautiful recreational centers is Schuyler’s Oak Ballroom, built in 1937. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Oak Ballroom is located at the entrance to the south city park and is situated on the old Mormon Trail.
With a population of more than 6,200, Schuyler is a progressive, First Class City with a growing multi-cultural population.
Cargill in Schuyler
In 1969, the Spencer Foods Company built a beef packing plant west of Schuyler. Today, this modern plant operates as Cargill Meat Solutions.
Cargill is the largest employer in Colfax County, employing approximately 2,150 people. The beef processing facility contributes to the Schuyler community through volunteer hours with the Cargill Cares Council and support of the local United Way. The Cargill Cares Council helps employees enrich their communities. The Council holds volunteer events such as the annual Schuyler clean-up day, school supplies donation drive, food and personal hygiene drive and many more. Our on-site learning center is open to the public and provides ESL, GED, and Citizenship classes.