The Watson Ranch Historical

The Watson Ranch Historical (HM1X7G)

Location: Kearney, NE 68845 Buffalo County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 41.962', W 99° 9.795'

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In 1888, H. D. Watson established the historic Watson Ranch, at one time containing 8,000 acres, reaching from the fertile Platte Valley on the south to the rolling hills on the north and from downtown Kearney to a point five miles west.

During its existence, the ranching operations were devoted to grains, poultry, vegetables, and a 250-acre fruit orchard primarily of cherry, plum, and apple trees. Watson planted thousands of other trees of numerous varieties.

Resembling a huge experiment station, the ranch included such crops as wheat, rye, barley, corn, potatoes, sugar beets, squash, and asparagus. In the 1890's, Watson introduced alfalfa into the Platte Valley. In part to demonstrate the value of alfalfa as a feed, Watson constructed a dairy barn in 1900. Standing 650 feet northwest of this sign, it measured 500 feet long, 100 feet wide, and 56 feet high. Attached to an immense silo, it contained stanchions for 400 cows, huge hay lofts, and wagon and machinery storage.

Because it was located 1,733 miles from both Boston and San Francisco, it later became known as the "1733 Ranch," and the huge barn remained a landmark until it was torn down in 1935.
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HM NumberHM1X7G
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Placed ByBuffalo County Historical Society & Nebraska State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, March 10th, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 486208 N 4505397
Decimal Degrees40.69936667, -99.16325000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 41.962', W 99° 9.795'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 41' 57.72" N, 99° 9' 47.7" 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 6410-6466 US-30, Kearney NE 68845, US
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