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

Beaver Crossing, Nebraska

 
 
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By Joan Shurtliff, September 1, 2014
1. Beaver Crossing, Nebraska Marker
Inscription. The original site of Beaver Crossing was located about three miles to the northwest. Here a trail from Nebraska City to Fort Kearny crossed Beaver Creek. John Leonard and Daniel Millspaugh were the first settlers in this area in 1862. Roland Reed established the first post office in January 1868.
About 1871 the post office was moved to the present-day town site where a flour mill had been built. During this decade many settlers arrived and Beaver Crossing grew and prospered. The town was incorporated in 1892.
This area was well known for its artesian wells. The first one was discovered in 1895. Wells in this park poured fresh water into what was once the largest swimming pool in the state. Other wells supplied the Smiley Botanical Gardens on the southeast edge of town. In the 1930s goldfish and water lilies were raised there commercially in fifty ponds. Later, the demands of irrigation dropped the water table and the artesian wells went dry.
 
Erected by Beaver Crossing Chamber of Commerce; Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 363.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 46.583′ N, 97° 16.638′ 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
2. Beaver Crossing, Nebraska Marker
W. Marker is in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska, in Seward County. Marker is on Elk Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. South side of Beaver Crossing city park. 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. The Beaver Crossing Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); PFC Charley Havlat (approx. 12.5 miles away); 1879 Exeter 1979 (approx. 12.9 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).
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestrySettlements & Settlers
 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
3. Beaver Crossing, Nebraska Marker
The Beaver Crossing Mill Marker is at the far left.
 
 
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 266 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 1, 2014, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska.   2, 3. submitted on October 16, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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