Terrytown is a city in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 1,198 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Scottsbluff, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. Terrytown is located on the bank of the North Platte River between the cities of Scottsbluff and Gering, Nebraska. Separated only by the river, Scottsbluff and Gering have grown together to form the 7th largest urban area in Nebraska, which incorporates the small city of Terrytown as well.
Terrytown was founded in 1949 by Terry Carpenter, a successful Scottsbluff businessman and Nebraska state senator in the 1950s and 1960s. For more about Terry Carpenter, click here.
Terry's Arena was the local entertainment hub in the 1950s and at the time was the largest arena in the state. When not used as a roller skating rink, big name performers such as Louie Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Count Basie packed the house.
Terry's Arena was destoyed in a fire in July of 1968, thought to be started by fireworks.
Photos courtesy of Jim Lawson private collection.