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Osceola in Polk County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Osceola And The Early Pioneers

 
 
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By Joan Shurtliff, September 6, 2014
1. Osceola And The Early Pioneers Marker
Inscription. The early settlement of Polk County in 1867 brings us in close touch with the trail of the pioneer. Then from year to year, others came and settlement advanced. These early settlers came by covered wagon, many with ox team. The nearest railroad was 40 miles distant and the roads were trails angling from place to place. The vast expanse of prairie grass, as far as the eye could see was broken only here and there by smoke arising from some sod house on a claim.

Osceola, the county seat and geographical center of Polk County is said to have been named after the Indian Chief Osceola of Florida. It was first located three miles southeast of the present site. The present location was made permanent October 10, 1871. The post office was established June, 1872 and the town was incorporated on August 26, 1881. At this date, Osceola was the terminus of the mail route from Lincoln via Ulysses. The Union Pacific Railroad ran its first train into Osceola June 23, 1879, giving direct communication with the outer world.

Polk County has been the home of three governors, Albinus Nance, John H. Mickey and Ashton C. Shallenberger.
 
Erected by Osceola Lions Club; Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 57.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included

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By Joan Shurtliff, September 6, 2014
2. Osceola And The Early Pioneers Marker
in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 41° 11.051′ N, 97° 32.612′ W. Marker is in Osceola, Nebraska, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of Valley Street and U.S. 81, on the left when traveling west on Valley Street. Touch for map. The marker is on Valley Street to the west of the cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Osceola NE 68651, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lincoln Highway - Gardiner Station Section (approx. 11.8 miles away); Gardiner School (approx. 11.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2014, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 113 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2014, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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