Chambers is located in the north central part of Nebraska and in the
southern part of Holt County. Like many other small communities, its
beginnings are a rich blend of history that is the hallmark of the start of the
great American west. Its heritage is mixed with much hard work from
settlers who first made their claims in 1880-1881. Mr. George Echley and
his son-in-law, Mr. John M. Alderson filed their claims near the south fork
of the Elkhorn River. From there numerous claims were filed and thus, a
new era of history was underway in southern Holt County.
Chambers originally was to be named "Juanita", the name of the youngest
daughter of Mr. Rufus C. Wry who had recently filed a claim three miles
south east of the Alderson claim. However, that name was already being
used by another post office in the state. So another name was chosen by the
postmaster of the Frontier post office in O'Neill. Mr. W.D. Matthews chose
the name in honor of his friend, Mr. V.F. Chambers. Mr Chambers was the
registrar of the Land Office in Niobrara.
Mr. Wry graciously donated land for the town and by the end of 1883, the
town included several more businesses and settlers, hence, Chambers,
Nebraska was born. The small community continued to grow with the
addition of several churches of all denominations and an event named the
"Harvest Home Festival", which later would become the Holt County Fair.
The Chambers School was also developing into a very respectable
institution with the addition of the high school during WWI, thanks to the
Works Progress Administrations help in the 1930's. It has since continued
to be the spirit of the town and is still enthusiastically supported by all who
live here today.
One of the most important claims to fame for the community was its
association with the great flying machine advent in the 1930's. With the
return of the young veterans from the war and a young flight instructor from
Iowa who was enamored with the wonderful open spaces, Chambers had its
very own airport. In fact, Chambers had more airplanes, per capita, than
any other town or city in the world for that time.
Chambers continues to be a town of hard working ranch and farm folks who
enbrace every chance that comes along to continue to improve and advance
its community. So welcome to our little corner of Nebraska.