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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lincoln County, Nebraska

Clickable Map of Lincoln County, Nebraska and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lincoln County, NE (46) Custer County, NE (10) Dawson County, NE (11) Frontier County, NE (1) Hayes County, NE (1) Keith County, NE (29) Logan County, NE (0) McPherson County, NE (1) Perkins County, NE (2)  LincolnCounty(46) Lincoln County (46)  CusterCounty(10) Custer County (10)  DawsonCounty(11) Dawson County (11)  FrontierCounty(1) Frontier County (1)  HayesCounty(1) Hayes County (1)  KeithCounty(29) Keith County (29)  LoganCounty(0) Logan County (0)  McPhersonCounty(1) McPherson County (1)  PerkinsCounty(2) Perkins County (2)
North Platte is the county seat for Lincoln County
Adjacent to Lincoln County, Nebraska
      Custer County (10)  
      Dawson County (11)  
      Frontier County (1)  
      Hayes County (1)  
      Keith County (29)  
      Logan County (0)  
      McPherson County (1)  
      Perkins County (2)  
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1Nebraska, Lincoln County, Brady — 193 — Fort McPherson and North Platte
A few miles west of here on the south side of the Platte River is the site of Fort McPherson, 1863-1880. During the Indian troubles of the middle 1860's, troops of the post were occupied in keeping the telegraph lines in operation and the mail and . . . Map (db m176427) HM
2Nebraska, Lincoln County, Brady — 194 — Road Ranches Along the Platte
With the discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountains in the late 1850's , overland freighting and travel intensified. Every few miles westward along the trails, enterprising individuals established road ranches which offered lodgings and provision to . . . Map (db m174996) HM
3Nebraska, Lincoln County, Maxwell — 14 — Fort McPherson
The fort was established on the Oregon Trail on the south side of the Platte River in October 1863, on the eve of intensified Indian raids on the Plains. Built next to the well-known Cottonwood Springs and McDonald ranch, it commanded a . . . Map (db m101821) HM
4Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — "Buffalo Bill" Cody
• Born Feb. 26, 1846 near Le Claire, Iowa • Pony Express rider in 1860 • Union Army Scout in 1861 • Scout for 5th Cavalry in 1868 • Chief of Scouts against the Sioux 1890 • Stage driver between Ft. Kearney & No Platte Nebr 1865 • Called . . . Map (db m130199) HM
5Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — 100th MeridianGeological Astronomic Survey
. . . Map (db m125086) HM
6Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — 1887 Horse BarnBuffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park
The Barn, built in 1887, is 148 feet long, 70 wide, 40 feet high. It required seven railroad cars of lumber for construction. The original rafter ends under the eaves were shaped as gun stocks. Annie Oakley's trademark, the Ace of Hearts with a . . . Map (db m125057) HM
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7Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — 20th Century Veterans Memorial
The idea for the 20th Century Veterans’ Memorial was conceived by Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Don C. Craig US Army (Infantry) World War II and Robert R. Hinde, Jr. Sergeant US Marine Corp World War II. The Architectural talents of Robert R. Hinde, . . . Map (db m92532) WM
8Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Blacksmith Shop
Blacksmithing is the working of iron. It dates back to around 1400 B.C. and by 1000 B.C. the use of iron had spread to the point that it surpassed copper and gave its name to the Iron Age. Blacksmithing reached its golden age during the High . . . Map (db m191898) HM
9Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Brady Island Depot
After the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, settlers began to establish farms and ranches all around the railroad line and they needed access to the railroad to ship their crops and cattle to market and travel to neighboring . . . Map (db m191900) HM
10Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Capstan
This capstan was used when marshy ground made direct pulling with oxen impossible. A cable was unwound from the spool in the center of the capstan and attached to the ditch plow. Teams of oxen or draft horses were hitched to the wooden arm of the . . . Map (db m191897) HM
11Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Cody-North CabinBuffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park
Cody, Frank and Luther North were for a time partners in a ranch located along the Dismal River in Nebraska. This cabin was their headquarters. The cabin was moved from its original location to the Bratt Ranch in 1882. Nate Trego later . . . Map (db m125054) HM
12Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Crab
This "crab" is a reproduction of the original used with the ditch plow. It was pulled into the ground as a wedge and a cable was run through a pulley in its center and back to the plow. Using block & tackle and the crab as an anchor, the oxen pulled . . . Map (db m191884) HM
13Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — D.A.R. Cabin
This cabin was built in 1866 by R. E. Rowland out of native cedar found in the hills south of the Platte River. As a freighter to the town of Cottonwood Springs, near Maxwell, Nebraska, Rowland needed living quarters while staying in the area. . . . Map (db m191701) HM
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14Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Dick Neve Barber Shop
This barber shop was first listed for taxes in 1900 according to Court House records. The building, mirrors on the back wall, rack on west side, and the smaller barber pole were those of Dick Neve. Both barber chairs, hat rack, the shelf and . . . Map (db m191779) HM
15Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — District #36 School
This schoolhouse was located four miles north and four miles west of Hershey, Nebraska and was called "Lower Birdwood". On January 22, 1892, the representatives from both the State of Nebraska and Lincoln County signed an agreement claiming this as . . . Map (db m191860) HM
16Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Ditch Plow
This giant plow was used to dig drainage ditches along the Nemaha River in eastern Nebraska, the Platte River here in Lincoln County, the Medicine Creek south of here in Frontier County, near Big Springs, Nebraska, and in Colorado and Wyoming. . . . Map (db m191851) HM
17Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Ericsson House
This log, two-story, cedar log structure was built in 1868 or 1869 by Mr. E.E. Ericsson. Each log is shaped and interlocked with the next with a minimal use of square nails. Mr. Ericsson was born in Varmland, Sweden on July 1st, 1835. He arrived . . . Map (db m191768) HM
18Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — 197 — Fort McPherson
The fort near here was established on the Oregon Trail on the south side of the Platte River in October 1863, on the eve of intensified Indian raids on the Plains. Built next to the well-known Cottonwood Springs and McDonald ranches, it commanded a . . . Map (db m180897) HM
19Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Fort McPherson Cabin
This log cabin was constructed by the United States Army in the 1860's or 1870's at Fort McPherson. The logs were cut from the hills south of the Platte River near present-day Maxwell, Nebraska. Fort McPherson was established in 1863 by a . . . Map (db m191702) HM
20Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Fort McPherson Flagpole
This flagpole stood above Fort McPherson from 1877 to 1882 when it was removed and put in storage. It was later donated to the Lincoln County Historical Museum. Of what you can see here today the only original part is the main flagpole itself. The . . . Map (db m191703) HM
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21Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Fredricksen House
The Fredericksen House was built on the site of 315 West Third Street in North Platte, Nebraska in about 1899. It was constructed precisely to the specifications that Fred Fredrickson designed himself. The house cost $2,300 and was paid in six . . . Map (db m191811) HM
22Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — General Store
A general store was the Wal-Mart of the 19th Century. It supplied the local community with all the items needed for everyday living. The merchandise reflected the needs of the population, whether it was a farming community or ranching community. The . . . Map (db m191767) HM
23Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Jeffers Family Home
This is the boyhood home of William "Bill" M. Jeffers, president of the Union Pacific Railroad from 1937-1946. Remarkably he began his career as a janitor & call boy. As president, he prepared the railroad for the coming war and was appointed by . . . Map (db m191890) HM
24Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Lincoln County CourthouseNorth Platte, Nebraska
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m125082) HM
25Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Maxwell Jail
This flat iron cage was used by the city of Maxwell, Nebraska as their local jail. Purchased in 1917 for $144.50, it was placed in the fire station. The iron framework inside was for use as a bed with a thin mattress on it.Map (db m191784) HM
26Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — 80 — Mormon Pioneer Camp
Mormon pioneers enroute from winter quarters, (Omaha) to the valley of the Great Salt Lake, under the leadership of Brigham Young, camped near here May 11, 1847. While in this vicinity William Clayton made a distance-measuring device which when . . . Map (db m180898) HM
27Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Old Glory Blowout
In commemoration of the ”Old Glory Blowout” July 4, 1882 This event held in Lincoln County Nebraska, was the manifestation of a dream that became a reality as the: ”Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” and was . . . Map (db m125081) HM
28Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Oregon Trail Memorial
[title is inscription]Map (db m191699) HM
29Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Ox Yokes
These reproduction yokes would sit over the necks of two oxen each. Oxbows, small bent wood rods were placed under the oxen's necks and through the holes in the yokes and secured with pins. This allowed the yoke to secure itself against the oxen's . . . Map (db m191894) HM
30Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Pawnee Indian Garden
The Pawnee were one of the most important Native American tribes of the Plains area. By the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries they were living in circular earthlodges in large villages, sometimes including more than a thousand people. . . . Map (db m191940) HM
31Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Pony Express
[Relief of Pony Express Rider] Erected by Tent 23 Daughters of Union Veterans of Civil War 1861 — 1865 North Platte NebMap (db m191698) HM
32Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Pony Express Cold Springs Station
(side 1) Dedicated June 15, 2002 Cold Springs added station Jul. 1, 1861 – Nov. 20, 1861 Located 1600’ south by Lincoln County James Stretesky Nebraskaland Days, Inc. Nebraskaland National Bank North Platte/Lincoln . . . Map (db m125063) HM
33Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Pony Express Station
This log blacksmith shop and its sister station building, which was a two-story log house, were originally located on the Upper 96 Ranch four miles east of Fort McPherson near the Sam Machette Canyon. In 1931, the log house was dismantled and taken . . . Map (db m191700) HM
34Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — 232 — Scout's RestBuffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park
William Frederick Cody (1846-1917), known to the world a "Buffalo Bill," was the most noted Nebraskan of his day. The Many national and European tours of his various "Wild West" exhibitions made him the living symbol of the American West. Cody . . . Map (db m125056) HM
35Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Scout's Rest RanchBuffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park
Built in 1886 at a cost of $3,900.00 Cody left planning of the house to his sister, Julia Goodman. Patrick Walsh was contracted to build the two-story, nine room house, with its numerous closets and pantries. The house is in second Empire Style with . . . Map (db m125059) HM
36Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — 89 — Sioux Lookout
Sioux Lookout, the highest point in Lincoln County, was a prominent landmark on the overland trails. From its lofty summit the development of the West unfolded before the eyes of the Sioux and other Indians. Trappers and traders came by here . . . Map (db m107393) HM
37Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Spring HouseBuffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park
This building was a cellar used to keep fruits, vegetables, milk, etc… cool during the summer. A natural spring kept fresh, cool water in the cement tub located inside. At Cody's time there were steel racks inside that they stored food items on. . . . Map (db m125058) HM
38Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Statue of Liberty ReplicaLincoln County Courthouse, North Platte, Nebraska
With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of these United States The Boy Scouts of America dedicate this copy of the Statue of Liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty The Crusade . . . Map (db m125079) HM
39Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — U. P. Caboose #25486
100-CA-7 class cabooses were built in Union Pacific shops in Omaha, Nebraska in 1959, numbered 25400 thru 25499. This caboose was updated in 1975 with federally approved toilets, axle-driven alternators, and other items necessary for system-wide . . . Map (db m191899) HM
40Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Union Pacific DepotNorth Platte, Nebraska
This shield is from the North Platte, NE. Union Pacific Depot 3-20-1918 to 11-1-1973 Home of WWII Canteen 12-25-1941 to 4-1-1946Map (db m191939) HM
41Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — United States POW-MIA History
The scourge of every war has been service personnel that are missing in action or have not been accounted for as prisoners of war, and sadly, there is no definite closure for the loved ones, friends and comrades in arms of those for whom there has . . . Map (db m107399) HM
42Nebraska, Lincoln County, North Platte — Windmill & Cistern
You are standing in front of a typical scene found in most farmyards in Lincoln County. A windmill and cistern were vital to the survival of both humans and livestock, especially during the hot, dry Nebraska summers. The windmill allowed farmers and . . . Map (db m191774) HM
43Nebraska, Lincoln County, Sutherland — 109 — Crossing the Overland Trail
      Beneath this platform, evidence of the great westward migration still remains. These shallow depressions were once deep ruts created by thousands of hooves, shoes and wheels. The Overland Trail is often visualized as a single well-defined . . . Map (db m88677) HM
44Nebraska, Lincoln County, Sutherland — Purple Heart TrailFreedom is not Free
      The Purple Heart medal was originated by General George Washington on August 7, 1782 for distinguished valor and is now awarded only to members of the armed forces of the United States who have been wounded in combat against an armed enemy. . . . Map (db m89175) HM
45Nebraska, Lincoln County, Sutherland — 110 — The Great Platte River Road
This is the Platte River Valley, America's great road west. It provided a natural pathway for westward expansion across the continent during the nineteenth century. Here passed the Oregon Trail, following the South Platte River along much the same . . . Map (db m89341) HM
46Nebraska, Lincoln County, Sutherland — 111 — The Great Platte River Road
      This is the Platte River Valley, America’s great road west. It provided a natural pathway for westward expansion across the continent during the nineteenth century. Here passed the Oregon Trail, following the South Platte River along much . . . Map (db m88674) HM
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Mar. 26, 2023