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Village of Arcadia
Phone: (308) 789-6552

Jodi Sell
Phone: (308) 789-6160

Vicki Bauer
Phone: (308) 789-6184

Our Community


Arcadia, meaning 'the feast of flowers' or 'a region or scene of simple pleasure and quiet', was chosen in 1874 by Sarah Coulter Hawthorne, postmistress. This name was fitting since Valley County was filled with beautiful wild roses.

A town was laid out in 1885 when it was anticipated that a branch line of the Burlington Railroad would be extended through the corner of the county and to Comstock and Sargent. In 1889, the first train came through Arcadia.

Arcadia has endured many challenges through the years including grasshoppers, drought, depression, floods, fires, blizzards, hail and tornadoes. But, through it all, the pioneer spirit has kept it alive. Today, many third, fourth, and fifth generation families are representatives of the hardy men and women who first settled the area.

In 1985, Arcadia celebrated its centennial with pride. A number of books have been written about the community including: 'Them Was the Days' written by Martha McKeown as told by her grandfather and 'Arcadia's Laughter and Tears' written by Mont Hawthorne focusing on the history of Arcadia and its people.

City Government

The Village Board holds its regular meeting on the second Monday of each month. For more information, call: (308) 789-6552.

Board members include:

  • Dale Paider, Mayor
  • Richard Anderson
  • Doug Griess
  • Alvin Johnson
  • Christy Underwood