Tall Grass Prairie

Tall Grass Prairie (HM1QPP)

Location: Milford, NE 68405 Seward County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 49.277', W 97° 3.64'

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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.
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HM NumberHM1QPP
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Marker Number179
Placed ByDepartment of Roads-Nebraska State Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 663545 N 4520727
Decimal Degrees40.82128333, -97.06066667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 49.277', W 97° 3.64'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 49' 16.62" N, 97° 3' 38.4" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Interstate 80, Milford NE 68405, US
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