Near Rockville in Sherman County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Austin was named in honor of Simeon Austin, a circuit rider. In 1877 the Austin post office was established on the farm of Oliver S. Brown and continued until 1919. The Union Pacific Railroad arrived in 1886; the Austin siding was built halfway between Loup City and Rockville in 1902 and removed in 1985. Although it was never incorporated, Austin had a store, 1906-31; church, 1907-46; blacksmith shop, 1916-19; stockyards and office; grain elevator; corn crib; coal bin; and several homes. Austin Irrigation functioned from 1913 to 1926. Picnics and ball games were held in a nearby grove.
District No. 2, the first rural school in Sherman County, was established on November 15, 1873. After 125 years of serving the Austin community it closed in June 1998 after educating the last eligible student in the district. Austin was the last rural school to close in Sherman County and had been located on three different sites in three different buildings.
All that remains of Austin today is the cemetery established in 1886, and located one mile southeast of here.
Erected by Sherman County Historical
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Education • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 15, 1873.
Location. 41° 12.127′ N, 98° 54.657′ W. Marker is near Rockville, Nebraska, in Sherman County. Marker is on State Highway 58, 0.4 miles south of Road 785, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in a pull-out on the west side of the highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockville NE 68871, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jenner's Park (approx. 5.6 miles away); Dead Horse Creek (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Loup City Riot, 1934 (approx. 5.8 miles away); Sherman County Courthouse (approx. 5.8 miles away); Loup City Township Carnegie Library (approx. 5.9 miles away); John Pesek (approx. 12.1 miles away); Post South Loup Fork (approx. 13.3 miles away); Pleasanton Branch Union Pacific Railroad (approx. 13.3 miles away).
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