The Big Spring

The Big Spring (HMYQ7)

Location: Big Springs, NE 69122 Deuel County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 3.897', W 102° 4.61'

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Pioneers traveling west on the Oregon Trail discovered this spring that Plains Indians had frequented for centuries. It provided an oasis for man and beast alike in the "Great American Desert.'In 1867, Union Pacific railroad workers named it "Big Spring", and the area was officially designated "Big Springs" in 1884. During that era, a pipe was laid from the spring to the tracks. The water was used for steam locomotives until 1907. Meanwhile homesteaders enjoyed the spring for drinking, baptisms, and ice skating on the pond it created.

Despite truckloads of rock dumped in the spring to curb the flow, it continues to run. In 1962, the Big Spring Garden Club beautified the spring and park area. In 1997, the community and South Platte Schools worked together on a renovation that included walkways, a new bridge, and tree plantings.

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HM NumberHMYQ7
Series This marker is part of the Oregon Trail series
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 11:21am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 745616 N 4550085
Decimal Degrees41.06495000, -102.07683333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 3.897', W 102° 4.61'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 3' 53.82" N, 102° 4' 36.60" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 W 4th St, Big Springs NE 69122, US
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