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Near Chappell in Deuel County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Historic Lodgepole Creek Valley

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
1. Historic Lodgepole Creek Valley Marker
Inscription. Here is the valley of Lodgepole Creek through which passed historic trails, telegraph lines, and railroads. The famed Pony Express followed the valley in 1860-61. "Nine Mile" Pony Express station was located just southeast of present Chappell; "Pole Creek No. 2" station was a few miles west of here. Near Sidney, the Pony Express trail turned northwestward, passing Mud Springs station and Courthouse Rock en route to the North Platte River. In 1861 the first transcontinental telegraph line was built through the valley. Stagecoaches of the Central Overland Route soon followed, carrying passengers and mail. Former Pony express stations continued to serve the stage line, providing lodging and provisions for travelers. When the tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad reached here in 1867, wagon and stagecoach travel declined. Today modern highways retrace historic trails through the valley. Two miles east is Chappell, at first only a railroad siding. The townsite was surveyed in 1884 and a post office was established two years later. Chappell became the county seat of Deuel County in 1894.
 
Erected by Deuel County Historical Society Department of Roads Nebraska State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
2. Historic Lodgepole Creek Valley Marker
marker series.
 
Location. 41° 5.022′ N, 102° 28.261′ W. Marker is near Chappell, Nebraska, in Deuel County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 25A and County Route 165, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 25A. Touch for map. Marker is in the “Chappell Pony Express Park”, with multiple monuments at exit 85 off Interstate 80,. Marker is in this post office area: Chappell NE 69129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. B-24J Bomber Crash (a few steps from this marker); Hughes’ Ranch Pony Express Station (approx. 3˝ miles away); See and Do,Off the Byway (approx. 9.6 miles away in Colorado); Prisoners on the Plains / Ride 'Em Cowboy (approx. 9.6 miles away in Colorado); Fort Sedgwick (approx. 9.6 miles away in Colorado); Early Campsites and River Crossings (approx. 9.6 miles away in Colorado); Sugar Town (approx. 9.6 miles away in Colorado); Transcontinental Railroad (approx. 10.9 miles away in Colorado). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chappell.
 
More about this marker. I believe this marker originally stood in a now abandoned rest area at mile 83 of I-80
 
Additional keywords. Pony
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
3. Historic Lodgepole Creek Valley Marker
There are multiple markers at this site
Express

 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
4. Historic Lodgepole Creek Valley Marker
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
5. Historic Lodgepole Creek Valley Marker
Other markers on the site
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
6. Historic Lodgepole Creek Valley Marker
Adjacent time capsule
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 30, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   5, 6. submitted on December 2, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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