Near Fairbury in Jefferson County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Kit Carson • Col. John Fremont
Above is a facsimile of an inscription carved by these men on a nearby boulder while camping here June 22, 1842.
Placed by Jefferson County
under the auspices of
Daughters of the American Revolution,
Erected 1940 by Quivera Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution; and Jefferson County.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 22, 1842.
Location. 40° 6.821′ N, 97° 3.638′ W. Marker is near Fairbury, Nebraska, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from 710th Road east of 574th Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located within Rock Creek Station State Historical Park, near the visitor center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 57426 710th Road, Fairbury NE 68352, 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. Jefferson County Pony Express Stations (approx. 6½ miles Jefferson County Courthouse (approx. 6½ miles away); Representing Rock Creek Station Well (approx. 6½ miles away); Virginia Station — (Whiskey Run) (approx. 8.9 miles away); The Smith Limekiln and Limestone House (approx. 10½ miles away); Plymouth (approx. 13.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 13.8 miles away).
Also see . . . Frémont’s first expedition. At one point on the first expedition, along the Blue River in what’s now Nebraska, the party received a report of a large band of Pawnee nearby; Carson rode off to see what was up. It turned out to be six elk, not the 27 warriors reported, but Frémont’s portrayal of the horseback Carson is a good example of the explorer’s attitude toward his friend. “Mounted on a fine horse,” Frémont wrote, “without a saddle, and scouring bareheaded over the prairies, Kit was one of the finest pictures of a horseman I have ever seen.” (Submitted on July 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.