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Near Brady in Lincoln County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Road Ranches Along the Platte

 
 
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By Susan Van Den Bosch, June 7, 2021
1. Road Ranches Along the Platte Marker
Inscription.  With the discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountains in the late 1850's , overland freighting and travel intensified. Every few miles westward along the trails, enterprising individuals established road ranches which offered lodgings and provision to travelers. A variety of goods was available: the Cheese Creek Ranche in eastern Nebraska was named for its main product: the Freeman Ranche at Plum Creek was noted for fresh bread and milk. Some ranches like McDonald's at Cottonwood Springs presented such delicacies as fresh pineapple and imported French wines. Many ranches however, were scorned because of their poor service and unsanitary conditions. Even when located within walking distance of neighbors ranche personnel felt isolated and endangered. Many ranches were burned during the Indian trouble of the mid-1860's and some ranchers and their families were killed or taken prisoner. Ranchers who were not discouraged by the hazardous trail later often became prominent in Nebraska's history. James Boyd once a road rancher became governor of the state. When the Union Pacific Railroad built through the area in 1866 and 1867, overland freighting and stage
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By Susan Van Den Bosch, June 7, 2021
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travel ended, hastening the disappearance of the colorful road ranches.
 
Erected by Department of Roads and Nebraska State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 41° 1.779′ N, 100° 27.436′ W. Marker is near Brady, Nebraska, in Lincoln County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 194, 13.7 miles east of State Highway 56A, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in the Brady I80 Eastbound Rest Area Mile Marker 194. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brady NE 69123, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort McPherson (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
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By Susan Van Den Bosch, June 7, 2021
3. Road Ranches Along the Platte Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2021, by Susan Van Den Bosch of Genoa City, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2021, by Susan Van Den Bosch of Genoa City, Wisconsin. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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