Seward in Seward County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Plum Creek Prairie Historic Site
On January 2, 1863, Robert T. Gale filed the first homestead in Seward County, then “Greene County.” A surveyor, he chose an irregular tract along Plum Creek that provided shelter from the north winds and fresh spring water year-round. Robert and Amelia Wooley Gale and baby Clara Jane narrowly escaped icy flood waters that swept away their belongings and livestock.
Just as the nucleus of a town emerged, and before the claim was “proved up,” Gale’s health failed. He died March 25, 1868, and was buried on the northwest corner of the homestead. The Gales’ baby, Alfred, died the following winter, also of tuberculosis. Gale’s heirs received the patent to the homestead in 1869, and Amelia later moved to Oregon.
A century later, when the abandoned burial grounds were rediscovered and letters written by Amelia were found, the family’s compelling story emerged. This marker honors Robert and Amelia Gale and all who braved hardships to make their homes on the Nebraska prairie.
Seward Area Chamber of Commerce
Nebraska State Historical Society
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 2, 1863.
Location. 40° 54.165′ N, 97° 5.247′ W. Marker is in Seward, Nebraska, in Seward County. Marker is on U.S. 34 0.1 miles west of Crooked Mile Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in a pullout on the south side of U.S. 34 (McKelvie Road). The pullout is a trailhead for the Plum Creek Trail. Plum Creek runs just south of the marker and trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seward NE 68434, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seward, 4th of July City (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Big Blue River (approx. 5.8 miles away); Purple Heart Trail (approx. 5.8 miles away); Tall Grass Prairie (approx. 5.8 miles away); Historic Milford (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Beaver Crossing Mill (approx. 13.2 miles away); Beaver Crossing, Nebraska (approx. 13.2 miles away).
Also see . . . History of Seward. (Submitted on March 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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