Roads to Success

Roads to Success (HMW1P)

Location: Beatrice, NE 68310 Gage County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 17.2', W 96° 49.646'

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You are standing on an old road trace, lined with cottonwood trees, where freight was hauled by wagon. The ability to get goods to market is yet another reason Daniel Freeman homesteaded here, four miles from the town of Beatrice.

Freight roads helped homesteaders get their harvests to towns with rail depots. Trains could move goods cheaply and quickly over the vast distances of the Great Plains. Freight that took four days to haul by road was delivered by rail in four hours. Easy access to roads and rails could make or break a homesteader.

In just 50 years, railroads made an impact on society similar to the Internet today.

What Happens if the Railroad Never Comes?
Railroads wanted more customers in the West. Lavish advertisements promised a golden future in towns like Nicodemus, Kansas, that only existed on paper. But no railroad ever came.

People who had bought land then faced having to live on what they were able to produce for themselves. Today, Nicodemus, population 27, is still isolated. The nearest city - Hays, Kansas - is more than an hour's drive.

[Inset photo caption reads]
The Freemans witnessed the automobile overtake the wagon. Highway 4 was moved to its present location in 1956.
HM NumberHMW1P
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:31pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 684679 N 4461839
Decimal Degrees40.28666667, -96.82743333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 17.2', W 96° 49.646'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 17' 12.00" N, 96° 49' 38.76" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 117-127 Pioneer Dr, Beatrice NE 68310, US
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