“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Cozad in Dawson County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Central Platte Valley

Central Platte Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 7, 2013
1. Central Platte Valley Marker
Inscription. Here in Dawson county, much of the early history is concerned with the pioneer trails to the west. The Mormon Trail to Utah and the first transcontinental railroad passed through here on the north side of the Platte River; the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express followed the south side of the Platte.

Indian trouble was not uncommon here in the early days of settlement. The Plum Creek Massacre occurred in 1864 when Sioux Indians attacked a wagon train, killing sevral men and taking prisoners at a site near here in Phelps County. Also near here, in 1867, a group of Cheyenne led by Chief Turkey Leg cut the telegraph line, derailed a locomotive, and killed several Union Pacific Railroad employees. The Army's Pawnee Indian Scouts, commanded by Major Frank North, came to the rescue and drove away the hostile Cheyenne.

Permanent settlements began to appear after the construction of the railroad. One of the earliest of these was Plum Creek, later renamed Lexington. The first settlers moved there from a stage station on the south side of the river shortly before the coming of the railroad.
Erected by Dawson County Historical Society and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 182.)
Marker series. This marker is included
Central Platte Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 7, 2013
2. Central Platte Valley Marker
Located near the entrance to the rest area building
in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 48.929′ N, 99° 54.837′ W. Marker is near Cozad, Nebraska, in Dawson County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 226, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located at the Cozad Eastbound Rest Area near Mile Marker 226 between Exits 222 (Cozad) and 231 (State Route 24A). Marker can only be accessed from the eastbound lanes of the freeway. Marker is in this post office area: Cozad NE 69130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle (approx. 10.5 miles away); M60A1 Main Battle Tank (approx. 10.5 miles away).
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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