As you enter Wausa, in northeastern Nebraska's Knox County, colorful Swedish figures welcome you from the Broadway lamp post. Venture off main street and classic and modern, well-kept homes. Incidentally, quality housing - available at remarkably affordable cost - could tempt you to make your home with us.
More than a century ago, Swedish farmer Theodore Thorson journeyed from Scandia Grove, Minnesota, seeking a good location to raise livestock. The luxuriant grass inspired him to return the following spring and rent 200 acres for a sheep arm. Other Swedes soon followed and the town of Thorson was born. In 1885, the citizens renamed Wausa after the celebrated king of Sweden, Gustavus I Vasa, changing the spelling to Wausa to protect the Swedish pronunciation and incorporate USA. The agricultural advantages discovered by Thorson continue as the economic mainstay of Wausa. Today, many people enjoy combining the Wausa lifestyle with easy commuting to larger job centers.
With a 2010 census population of 636, Wausa in an incorporated village. The Village office is in the Community Auditorium, 406 E. Broadway, 402-586-2311
In September of 2001, Wausa became the home of the Nebraska Child Support Call Center for the Nebraska Health and Human Services Department. This Call Center is operated by DynCorp and employs over thirty people.
Where We Are
Wausa, on State Highway 121, is located 75 miles west of Sioux City, Iowa, and 160 miles northwest of Omaha, Nebraska. Wausa is nine miles north of U.S. Highway 20, six miles west of U.S. 81, two miles north of NE 59 and seven miles south of NE 84.
Air Travel: Municipal airports with paved landing strips are found at the nearby towns of Bloomfield, Creighton and Hartington. United Express, a United Airlines' affiliate, stops at Yankton, South Dakota, 36 mils north, and Norfolk, Nebraska, 40 miles south, and carries passengers and freight on scheduled flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and Grand Island, Nebraska. Major air facilities available include Sioux Gateway Airport at Sioux City, Iowa. Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Eppley Air Field in Omaha.
Rail Shipping: Nebraska Northeast Railway of Osmond, Nebraska, 12 miles southwest of Wausa, ships grains and fertilizer 160 miles between South Sioux city, Nebraska, and O'Neill, Nebraska, on track purchased from Burlington Northern Railroad. There are 15 stations est and west of Wausa.
Trucking: Several trucking firms provide Wausa with various kids of intrastate and interstate service. Truckers based in town haul livestrock and commodities.