Seward in Seward County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Plum Creek Prairie Historic Site
On January 2, 1863, Robert T. Gale filed the first homestead in Seward County, then “Greene County.” A surveyor, he chose an irregular tract along Plum Creek that provided shelter from the north winds and fresh spring water year-round. Robert and Amelia Wooley Gale and baby Clara Jane narrowly escaped icy flood waters that swept away their belongings and livestock.
Just as the nucleus of a town emerged, and before the claim was “proved up,” Gale’s health failed. He died March 25, 1868, and was buried on the northwest corner of the homestead. The Gales’ baby, Alfred, died the following winter, also of tuberculosis. Gale’s heirs received the patent to the homestead in 1869, and Amelia later moved to Oregon.
A century later, when the abandoned burial grounds were rediscovered and letters written by Amelia were found, the family’s compelling story emerged. This marker honors Robert and Amelia Gale and all who braved hardships to make their homes on the Nebraska prairie.
Seward Area Chamber of Commerce
Nebraska State Historical Society
Erected by Seward Area Chamber of Commerce and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 421.)
Marker series. This marker is included Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 54.165′ N, 97° 5.247′ W. Marker is in Seward, Nebraska, in Seward County. Marker is on U.S. 34 0.1 miles west of Crooked Mile Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in a pullout on the south side of U.S. 34 (McKelvie Road). The pullout is a trailhead for the Plum Creek Trail. Plum Creek runs just south of the marker and trail. Marker is in this post office area: Seward NE 68434, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seward, 4th of July City (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Big Blue River (approx. 5.8 miles away); Purple Heart Trail (approx. 5.8 miles away); Tall Grass Prairie (approx. 5.8 miles away); Historic Milford (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Beaver Crossing Mill (approx. 13.2 miles away); Beaver Crossing, Nebraska (approx. 13.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Robert T. Gale.
Made his residence in this county in the spring of 1864. was elected justice of the peace in the following fall, and in 1865 was elected county surveyor, which office he held until his death. He married Miss Amelia Wooley, daughter of Stites Wooley, of Seward, now deceased, in the spring of 1861. There were two children born to them, Miss Clara, now of Oregon, and the younger a son who died in infancy. Mr. Gale did much in the early days to help develop Seward County, and is remembered by all the older citizens with affectionate regard. His homestead comprised the land just east of the Presbyterian church in Seward. his funeral services were conducted by Rev. E.L. Clark, and his remains were followed to the grave by all the neighbors and mourners. (Submitted on March 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. History of Seward. (Submitted on March 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 8, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.