Crawford

Crawford (HMTPU)

Location: Crawford, NE 69339 Dawes County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 40.672', W 103° 24.217'

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Crawford sprang up as a tent city on land owned by homesteader/newspaper correspondent William E. Annin in 1886 when the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad pushed through the Nebraska Panhandle. To Incorporate the town, editor William Edgar supplemented civilian signatures with those of obliging soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Robinson. After the Burlington Railroad passed northward in 1887, Crawford became a supply depot and entertainment center for the Fort. Troops no longer man the "Outpost on the Plains," but the Fort, 3 miles to the west, remains as an important historic site and tourist attraction.

Named for Army Captain Emmet Crawford, a Fort Robinson soldier, the city lies in the White River Valley in Pine Ridge country and serves an extensive cattle ranching and farming area. The Fort Laramie-Fort Pierre Fur Trail of the 1840s and the Sidney-Black Hills Trail active during the Black Hills gold rush of the 1870s both passed through this site. Crawford has been host or home to such personages as Sioux Chief Red Clouds; former desperado David (Doc) Middleton' poet-scout John Wallace Crawford; frontierswoman Calamity Jane; Army scout Baptiste (Little Bat) Garnier, shot down in a saloon; military surgeon Walter Reed, conqueror of yellow fever; and President Theodore Roosevelt.
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HM NumberHMTPU
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
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Marker Number227
Placed ByCrawford Historical Society and Nebraska State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 12:37am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 630797 N 4726278
Decimal Degrees42.67786667, -103.40361667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 40.672', W 103° 24.217'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 40' 40.32" N, 103° 24' 13.02" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-8 Crazy Horse Memorial Hwy, Crawford NE 69339, US
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