Blair was platted in 1869 when the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad was extended to that point. It was named for railroad magnate John Insley Blair, who was credited with bringing the railroad to town. Blair was incorporated as a city in 1872. Within its first year, Blair was designated county seat.
Kennard is a village in Washington County, Nebraska, about 7 West of Blair. A small town with many acreage homes being constructed.