A community was already growing along the North Loup River in what is now Valley County when Gen. Edward O. C. Ord led a survey crew here in 1874. Biting flies and stinging insects plagued the crew. When residents wanted to name their town for the general, he replied “Name it Scratchtown.”
Ord scratches the itch for a high quality of life for its 2,200 residents. The general’s cherished quote graces one wall of Scratchtown Brewing Co. on Ord’s town square. Ord’s proximity to the Nebraska Sandhills, North Loup River, Lake Ericson, Calamus Reservoir, Davis Creek Reservoir and Sherman Reservoir make it an outdoor adventure hub. Ord is home to Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park.
For more information, contact Valley County Tourism at visitvalleycounty.com or (308) 728-7875.