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


First Hitchcock County Seat

Culbertson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2014
1. Culbertson Marker
Inscription. Culbertson was the county seat of Hitchcock for twenty years, and this marks the site of the first court house, used 1886-1893. Founded as a trading post in July 1873 by W.Z. Taylor, it became the county seat when Hitchcock County was organized August 30, 1873. The county was named for U.S. Senator P.W. Hitchcock, an the town was named for Alexander Cumbertson, noted fur trader of the Upper Missouri then living at Orleans.

The community consisted of Taylorís store and J.E. Klevenís blacksmith shop and post office until 1875, when thousands of Texas cattle were brought into the four southwest Nebraska counties. Culbertson was the the only town in the region, and the ranchers made it their headquarters, many serving as county officials.

During the years of the “open range,” the ranchers spent summers on the range, but moved to Culbertson in winter, taking advantage of the schools, and social life. The railroad arrived in 1881, and thousands of homesteaders flocked into the county displacing the ranchers. During this period Culbertson became a pioneer irrigation center. In 1893, the county seat was moved to Trenton, near the center of the county.
Erected by Hitchcock Historical Society & Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 95.)
Marker series.

Culbertson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2014
2. Culbertson Marker
This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 13.988′ N, 100° 50.296′ W. Marker is in Culbertson, Nebraska, in Hitchcock County. Marker is on Taylor Avenue near Arizona Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 613 Taylor Avenue, Culbertson NE 69024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Massacre Canyon (approx. 6.8 miles away); Old Texas Ogallala Trail (approx. 11.1 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located in the Culbertson city park.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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