DeSoto Townsite

DeSoto Townsite (HM4VW)

Location: Blair, NE 68008 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 30.759', W 96° 4.789'

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The town of DeSoto was platted on this site in 1854 and incorporated in 1855. Steamboating on the Missouri was then in its heyday. DeSoto provided a landing for passengers and goods. A number of boats sank nearby, notably the Cora and Bertrand. Ambitious citizens advanced plans to make DeSoto a "gateway to the West" - first by operating a ferry in 1857 and later by promoting a railroad to connect DeSoto with Fremont. A track was laid as far as present Blair. By 1857 DeSoto had grown to several hundred. Fifteen businesses flourished, including hotels, saloons, stores, newspapers, banks. The town was county seat from 1858 to 1866.

Its decline began in 1859 with a great exodus of residents to the Colorado gold fields. Following the Panic of 1857 its three banks closed. The Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, after buying the DeSoto line's franchise, chose to cross the river three miles north of DeSoto and in 1869 established Blair. DeSoto's hopes for growth were blasted. Its citizens left for other communities, a number to become figures of prominence in judicial, political, and financial circles in Nebraska. Today the Fort Calhoun Power Station is in the area where once flowed the Missouri River.
HM NumberHM4VW
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Marker Number119
Placed ByOmaha Public Power District, Nebraska State Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 4:23pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 743692 N 4599786
Decimal Degrees41.51265000, -96.07981667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 30.759', W 96° 4.789'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 30' 45.54" N, 96° 4' 47.34" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9610 Power Ln, Blair NE 68008, US
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