Gibbon is located in Buffalo County
just east of Kearney
, between Wood River
and Kearney along US Hwy 30, near the Platte River and the Pioneer Trail.
The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 1,476, a decrease of 49 since 1990.
A siding was built during the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1866. It was named Gibbon Switch in honor of General John Gibbon. Gibbon was laid out and a settlement commenced on April 7, 1871 by a colony of 85 families from Ohio and other eastern states.