Near Big Springs in Deuel County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Deuel County Nebraska
The southeast corner of the Nebraska panhandle was organized November 6, 1888 from a part of Cheyenne County. Deuel County has two incorporated towns, Chappell, the County Seat and Big Springs.
Before 1850 Teton Sioux Indians camped on the banks of the South Platte River, with their Chief Red Cloud.
California and Pony Express trails followed the Platte River into Colorado and up the Lodgepole Creek. Union Pacific Railroad reached Big Springs on 6/29/1867, using water from the spring in their steam locomotives until 1950. Homesteaders built sod homes on the prairie, hauling water from the spring which never went dry even through dry years. Natural gas production became an important industry. Major agricultural industries are wheat, cattle, corn, beets and beans.
The spirit that has presided over her destiny throughout her history as part of the frontier has been that of the pioneer.
Erected 1976 by Deuel County Historical Society and the Nebraska State Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture Native Americans • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is November 6, 1888.
Location. 41° 0.131′ N, 102° 3.144′ W. Marker is near Big Springs, Nebraska, in Deuel County. Marker is at the intersection of County Highway 36 and County Highway 63.2, on the left when traveling south on County Highway 36. Marker is located 4.3 miles southeast of Interstate 80 from the Big Springs, Nebraska exit, at the intersection of Nebraska's Deuel County Road 36 and Colorado's Sedgwick County Road 63.2. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Big Springs NE 69122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sedgwick County Colorado (within shouting distance of this marker in Colorado); Colorado's Northeast Corner (within shouting distance of this marker in Colorado); Perkins County Nebraska (within shouting distance of this marker); Keith County Nebraska (within shouting distance of this marker); Sam Bass and the Big Springs Robbery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Waterman Sod House (approx. 4.3 miles away); Phelps Hotel (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Pony Express (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Springs.