“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Milford in Seward County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Tall Grass Prairie

Tall Grass Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 11, 2007
1. Tall Grass Prairie Marker
Inscription.  This rest site is near the center of Nebraska's tall-grass prairie on the eastern edge of the hunting grounds once used by the Pawnee Indians. Nebraska's largest tribe, the Pawnee located villages on major area streams, including the Blue, Loup, and Platte Rivers. Wagon trains from Nebraska City on the Missouri River to frontier settlements and military posts farther west carried people and goods through the area beginning in the 1840's. The freighters' trail, known as the Nebraska City-Fort Kearny Cutoff, ran a few miles south of here. Frontier settlement began in the 1860's, Seward County was organized in 1865, and the countryside was rapidly colonized during the following decade. This fertile watershed of the Big Blue River attracted many German immigrants (including some by way Russia), as well as Scandinavians. Through the use of deep-well irrigation, the region was developed in recent decades into a major center of successful, intensive farming. For the next seventy miles, westbound travelers will notice the subtle changes in the landscape as the tall-grass prairie merges into the short-grass country of the semi-arid plains.
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Tall Grass Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 11, 2007
2. Tall Grass Prairie Marker
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Department of Roads-Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 179.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryNative AmericansRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
Location. 40° 49.277′ N, 97° 3.64′ W. Marker is in Milford, Nebraska, in Seward County. Marker is on I-80 Rest Stop. The rest stop is west of I-80 exit 382. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milford NE 68405, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Purple Heart Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Big Blue River (a few steps from this marker); Standing Bear and the Ponca Tribe (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Milford (approx. 3.4 miles away); Big Blue River, Seward (approx. 5.8 miles away); Plum Creek Prairie Historic Site (approx. 5.8 miles away); Seward, 4th of July City (approx. 6.3 miles away); PFC Charley Havlat (approx. 12½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 10, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 10, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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