“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Milford in Seward County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Tall Grass Prairie

Tall Grass Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 11, 2007
1. Tall Grass Prairie Marker
Inscription. This rest site is near the center of Nebraska's tall-grass prairie on the eastern edge of the hunting grounds once used by the Pawnee Indians. Nebraska's largest tribe, the Pawnee located villages on major area streams, including the Blue, Loup, and Platte Rivers. Wagon trains from Nebraska City on the Missouri River to frontier settlements and military posts farther west carried people and goods through the area beginning in the 1840's. The freighters' trail, known as the Nebraska City-Fort Kearny Cutoff, ran a few miles south of here. Frontier settlement began in the 1860's, Seward County was organized in 1865, and the countryside was rapidly colonized during the following decade. This fertile watershed of the Big Blue River attracted many German immigrants (including some by way Russia), as well as Scandinavians. Through the use of deep-well irrigation, the region was developed in recent decades into a major center of successful, intensive farming. For the next seventy miles, westbound travelers will notice the subtle changes in the landscape as the tall-grass prairie merges into the short-grass country of the semi-arid plains.
Erected by Department of Roads-Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 179.)
Marker series. This marker
Tall Grass Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 11, 2007
2. Tall Grass Prairie Marker
is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 49.277′ N, 97° 3.64′ W. Marker is in Milford, Nebraska, in Seward County. Marker is on I-80 Rest Stop. Touch for map. The rest stop is west of I-80 exit 382. Marker is in this post office area: Milford NE 68405, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Purple Heart Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Big Blue River (a few steps from this marker); Historic Milford (approx. 3.4 miles away); Plum Creek Prairie Historic Site (approx. 5.8 miles away); Seward, 4th of July City (approx. 6.3 miles away); PFC Charley Havlat (approx. 12 miles away); Gates College (approx. 14.9 miles away); Doane College (approx. 14.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 10, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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