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Wauneta in Chase County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

George Rowley

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2021
1. George Rowley Marker
Inscription.  
Near this spot stood the Rowley sod house. Built in 1875 it was the first habitation in Chase County.

On October 3, 1878, while on his way home to protect his family, Rowley was killed by Cheyenne Indians during the epic trek of Dull Knife’s Band attempting to reach their old home.
Dedicated October 5, 1956

 
Erected 1956.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is October 3, 1878.
 
Location. 40° 24.731′ N, 101° 22.123′ W. Marker is in Wauneta, Nebraska, in Chase County. Marker is on Bodeman Park Drive just north of U.S. 6, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located near the south side of the Bodeman Park parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 328 Bodeman Park Drive, Wauneta NE 69045, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Regarding George Rowley. (from Rangelands, 1990 archives, "Pioneering in Southwest Nebraska" by Gary W. Frasler and E. Belie Sims Frasier) George Rowley was not at home, having gone on a business
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2021
2. George Rowley Marker
(looking south from Bodeman Park • US Highway 6 in background)
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trip to Greeley, Colorado. There he learned that the Indians were coming up the cattle trail from the south of his ranch. Being concerned for his family, he rode the 120 miles to Ogallala, Nebraska, and discovered that his family had reached safety and that the Indians had passed through the area. He never dreamed that some of the Indians had stopped off, built some "sweat" houses, and were resting. He came upon this trailing group, was killed, and his body dumped into a gully. No one realized he was missing until others from his group returned several weeks later.

 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Escape of the Northern Cheyenne
 
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1. Wauneta, Chase County. On the west bank of the river, near a little waterfall, Wauneta's first settlers, George Rowley and his wife, built the first dwelling in 1875. It was a spacious seven-room soddie, with three bedrooms and board floors, and was the birthplace of Chase County's first white child, Earl Champion Rowley. (Submitted on July 16, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. A Cheyenne trail of tears. In September 1878, Dull Knife and Little Wolf led a party of more than 300 individuals — 89 warriors, and 246 women and children — on a 1,500-mile journey from their imprisonment with the Southern Cheyenne
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in Oklahoma, north to their homeland. With the army in pursuit, the desperate refugees traveled hundreds of miles while fighting off or eluding cavalry troops that caught up with them. After crossing the South Platte River of Nebraska, Dull Knife and his people headed for the Red Cloud Agency. (Submitted on July 16, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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