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Benkelman in Dundy County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Nature's Gift: The Highway 34 Springs

 
 
Nature's Gift: The Highway 34 Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 3, 2021
1. Nature's Gift: The Highway 34 Springs Marker
Inscription.  Since times unrecorded, springs from the Ogallala Formation relieved travelers through the Republican Valley. In 1930 Benkelman citizens improved a nearby spring to benefit motorists on NE 3 (later US 34). The 1935 Republican River flood destroyed the original spring and highway. When the highway was relocated, this rest area was established in 1941 at the site of another spring. The highway was relocated again in 1970 and the state deeded the rest area to Dundy County. Local residents restored it in 2008.
 
Erected 2017 by Hansen Charitable Foundation; and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 470.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1930.
 
Location. 40° 3.892′ N, 101° 30.746′ W. Marker is in Benkelman, Nebraska, in Dundy County. Marker is at the intersection of Old U.S. 34 and Avenue 339, on
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the right when traveling east on U.S. 34. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Benkelman NE 69021, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ward Bond's Boyhood Home (approx. 1.8 miles away); General Custer in Nebraska (approx. 2˝ miles away); Prisoners of War in Dundy County (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
Nature's Gift: The Highway 34 Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 3, 2021
2. Nature's Gift: The Highway 34 Springs Marker
(looking east • Old US Highway 34 on left • access to springs on right)
Staircase from Marker to Springs image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 3, 2021
3. Staircase from Marker to Springs
Springhead (<i>nearly dry today</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, August 3, 2021
4. Springhead (nearly dry today)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 388 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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