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Beaver Crossing in Seward County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Beaver Crossing Mill

 
 
The Beaver Crossing Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joan Shurtliff, September 1, 2014
1. The Beaver Crossing Mill Marker
Inscription. This millstone is believed to be from the gristmill built by William Smith in 1871 on the Big Blue River south of Beaver Crossing. W. J. Thompson took over the mill in 1873, and it continued to operate until about 1917.

Gristmills were an essential industry for the settlement of Nebraska, processing locally-grown grain into flour, cornmeal, and feed. There may have been as many as 160 water-powered mills in Nebraska in 1890, before their numbers began to decline.
 
Erected by Beaver Crossing Chamber of Commerce; Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 394.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 46.607′ N, 97° 16.629′ W. Marker is in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, in Seward County. Marker can be reached from Elk Street. Touch for map. The marker is located in Beaver Crossing City Park, accessible from the south of the park (Elk Street), perhaps 150 feet north of the park entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Beaver Crossing NE 68313, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beaver Crossing, Nebraska (within shouting distance
The Beaver Crossing Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
2. The Beaver Crossing Mill Marker
of this marker); PFC Charley Havlat (approx. 12.5 miles away); 1879 Exeter 1979 (approx. 13 miles away); Seward, 4th of July City (approx. 13 miles away); Plum Creek Prairie Historic Site (approx. 13.2 miles away); Pleasant Hill (approx. 16.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Beaver Crossing. The University of Nebraska at Lincoln's history of Beaver Crossing, including the mill. (Submitted on September 24, 2014.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
The Beaver Crossing Mill Marker <i>on far left</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
3. The Beaver Crossing Mill Marker on far left
Beaver Crossing Nebraska Marker is on the right.
The Beaver Crossing Mill image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
4. The Beaver Crossing Mill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2014, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 1, 2014, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska.   2, 3, 4. submitted on October 16, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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