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

Bellevue Log Cabin

Bellevue Log Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Daniel Shurtliff, February 9, 2015
1. Bellevue Log Cabin Marker
Inscription. This log cabin was built about 1835 in the Missouri River floodplains. Soon after 1835 cholera occurred at lower elevations, and the cabin was moved to the upper plateau. In about 1850 it was moved to this location, where it was used as a residence until 1954.

The original cabin was built as an one-and-one-half-story structure with a dirt floor and fireplace. There was a bedroom in the attic or loft. The exterior walls were constructed of hand-hewn cottonwood logs, originally packed with mud but now sealed with grout. A kitchen and pantry were added to the east side in 1906; the basement was added and the main floor restoration was completed in 1972. The hackberry tree in the front yard has been recognized by Nebraska authorities as one of the largest of this variety in the United States.

The log cabin was furnished as a pioneer residence more than 100 years ago. It was restored to near-original condition as a memorial to the living conditions of the pioneers by the Sarpy County Historical Society.

On October 16, 1970, this property was entered on the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected by Sarpy County Historical Society and the Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 186.)
Marker series.
This log cabin in Bellevue is among the first buildings constructed in the area. image. Click for full size.
By Daniel Shurtliff, February 9, 2015
2. This log cabin in Bellevue is among the first buildings constructed in the area.
This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 41° 8.476′ N, 95° 53.535′ W. Marker is in Bellevue, Nebraska, in Sarpy County. Marker is at the intersection of Hancock Street and 19th Street, on the right when traveling north on Hancock Street. Click for map. This log cabin and marker are located on the east side of Hancock Street in a residential area of Bellevue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1805 Hancock Street, Bellevue NE 68005, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fontenelle Bank - County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bellevue Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Big Elk, Bellevue Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oto Mission (approx. 4.9 miles away); Western Historic Trails Center; Starting the Journey (approx. 6 miles away in Iowa); Seeking Buyers and Sellers (approx. 6 miles away in Iowa); We Were All Busily Engaged (approx. 6 miles away in Iowa); Mormon Battalion Mustering Grounds (approx. 6.9 miles away in Iowa). Click for a list of all markers in Bellevue.
Also see . . .  The Bellevue Log Cabin. The old log cabin in Bellevue is regarded as the oldest building in Nebraska. According to local legend, it was constructed between 1830 and 1835 and built close to the Missouri River as a part of the Jacob Astor Fur Trading Post. During the cholera outbreak of 1835, the log cabin was relocated further away from the river, purportedly at the urging of Marcus Whitman. In 1850, the cabin was moved for the last time onto what was at the time the Presbyterian Missionís property.... (Submitted on February 19, 2015.) 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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