Willa Cather Memorial Prairie

Willa Cather Memorial Prairie (HM1H8Q)

Location: Red Cloud, NE 68970 Webster County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 0.23', W 98° 31.368'

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Willa Cather first came to Webster County from Virginia in 1883 at the age of nine. The vast open prairies of Nebraska made a lasting impression on her. "This country was mostly wild pasture and as naked as the back of your hand. I was little and homesick and lonely and my mother was homesick and nobody paid any attention to us. So the country and I had it out together and by the end of the first autumn, that shaggy grass country had gripped me with a passion I have never been able to shake." Her life task became portraying how the pioneers tamed the wild land.

The 610 acre Willa Cather Memorial Prairie preserves an example of the native grassland that once covered Nebraska. Throughout the summer, numerous wildflowers grow amid tall native grasses in an ever changing display of color. Here life typical of the prairie flourishes as it did before the first settlers came.

The prairie was purchased by the Nature Conservancy with a grant from the Woods Charitable Fund of Lincoln, Nebraska.
HM NumberHM1H8Q
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Marker Number176
Placed ByThe Nature Conservancy and Nebraska State Historical Society.
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 11:41pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 540731 N 4428291
Decimal Degrees40.00383333, -98.52280000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 0.23', W 98° 31.368'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 0' 13.8" N, 98° 31' 22.08" W
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Area Code(s)402, 785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 700-726 Willa Cather Roadway, Red Cloud NE 68970, US
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