The Tobin Indian Raid Historical

The Tobin Indian Raid Historical (HM1X7F)

Location: Overton, NE 68863 Dawson County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 44.024', W 99° 30.145'

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Railroads played an important role in the settlement of the Great Plains. Their construction was particularly damaging to the Indian way of life, since railroads helped the military to patrol rapidly along their lines, and villages and farming communities soon grew up along the rights-of-way. The Union Pacific was built across Nebraska between 1864 and 1867. On May 10, 1869, the U.P. tracks joined those of the Central Pacific at Promontory Point, Near Ogden, Utah.

Section crews were stationed along the railroad to keep the tracks and telegraph wires repaired. The Sioux and Cheyenne, knowing the importance of maintenance work, attacked working crews. Several such raids took place in present Dawson County.

Mrs. Timothy Tobin and Mrs. William Costin, wives of section foremen, and their families were threatened by an Indian raiding party on April 29, 1868. Shortly afterward the warriors attacked and killed Mr. Tobin and section hands Schultz and McCarthy. A third employee named Williams, though seriously wounded, escaped to the section house. Fearing for her husband and his crew, Mrs. Costin bravely set out to warn them of the danger. A passing train picked up the survivors; the two slain workmen were buried near here.
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HM NumberHM1X7F
Placed ByOverton American Legion Post 277 & Nebraska State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, March 10th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 457576 N 4509320
Decimal Degrees40.73373333, -99.50241667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 44.024', W 99° 30.145'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 44' 1.44" N, 99° 30' 8.7" W
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Area Code(s)308
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-30, Overton NE 68863, US
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