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Spalding is located in Greeley County off of Hwy 91, between Ericson and Cedar Rapids along the Cedar River.

The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 581, a decrease of 11 since 1990.

First known as Halifax. On May 20, 1881, the name of the community was changed from Halifax to Spaulding in honor of the Catholic Prelate, John Lancaster Spaulding. The spelling was changed to Spalding on September 24, 1884.

In 1879 the Catholic Colonization Society purchased 25,000 acres of land in Greeley County; and the Irish, working in miserable conditions in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, were encouraged to come to the rich & fertile plains of central Nebraska. Around the turn of the century, 75 percent of the population was Irish, the balance being German, Belgian and Polish.

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