Plum Creek Prairie Historic Site Historical

Plum Creek Prairie Historic Site Historical (HM1X6T)

Location: Seward, NE 68434 Seward County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 54.165', W 97° 5.2478242'

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On January 2, 1863, Robert T. Gale filed the first homestead in Seward County, then "Greene County."
A surveyor, he chose an irregular tract along Plum Creek that provided shelter from the north winds and fresh spring water year-round.
Robert and Amelia Wooley Gale and baby Clara Jane narrowly escaped icy flood waters that swept away their belongings and livestock.

Just as the nucleus of a town emerged, and before the claim was "proved up," Gale's health failed.
He died March 25, 1868, and was buried on the northwest corner of the homestead.
The Gales' baby, Alfred, died the following winter, also of tuberculosis.
Gale's heirs received the patent to the homestead in 1869, and Amelia later moved to Oregon.

A century later, when the abandoned burial grounds were rediscovered and letters written by Amelia were found, the family's compelling story emerged.
This marker honors Robert and Amelia Gale and all who braved hardships to make their homes on the Nebraska prairie.

Seward Area Chamber of Commerce

Nebraska State Historical Society
HM NumberHM1X6T
Placed BySeward Area Chamber of Commerce and Nebraska State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees40.90275000, -97.08746374
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 54.165', W 97° 5.2478242'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 54' 9.9" N, 97° 5' 14.869452" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)402
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Plum Creek Trail, Seward NE 68434, US
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