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Near Auburn in Nemaha County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Half-Breed Tract

Nebraska Historical Marker

 
 
Half-Breed Tract Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
1. Half-Breed Tract Marker
Inscription.
It was an accepted custom for many early fur traders to marry into Indian tribes. As the Indians ceded their lands, the rights of the half-breed descendants were not always identified. This situation was recognized by the government in 1830, byt the Prairie Du Chien Treaty which set aside a tract of land for the half-breeds of the Oto, Iowa, Omaha and Santee Sioux tribes.

This tract was located between the Great and Little Nemaha rivers. In 1838, the land was surveyed by John C. McCoy, who placed the western boundary as specified. This caused problems, as later white settlers were to settle on Indian lands west of McCoy's line. Congress ordered the land resurveyed, and in 1858 the McCoy line was made official. On September 10, 1860, Louis Neal received the first patent.

The owners were never required to live on their property and many eventually sold their lands to whites. One of the original survey lines is now partly identified by the Half-Breed Road which runs in a southeast direction from here. The descendants of some pioneer fur traders still live in the area.
 
Erected by Auburn Junior Woman's Club and Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 58.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Half-Breed Tract Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
2. Half-Breed Tract Marker
Looking west along US Hwy 136 toward Auburn

 
Location. 40° 23.576′ N, 95° 49.306′ W. Marker is near Auburn, Nebraska, in Nemaha County. Marker is on Central Avenue (U.S. 136) near Half-Breed Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at a roadside pullout. Marker is in this post office area: Auburn NE 68305, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Legion Memorial Park Lily Pond (approx. 0.8 miles away); Nemaha County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Legion Memorial Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Auburn Post Office Mural (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Little Red Schoolhouse (approx. 7.3 miles away); Peru State College (approx. 7.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. 1830 Prairie Du Chien Treaty. (Submitted on October 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Half- Breed Tract. (Submitted on October 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Half-Breed Road image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
3. Half-Breed Road
Looking south across US Hwy 136, with Half-Breed Road running off to the left distance (southeast)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 494 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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