1871 Webster County 1971

1871 Webster County 1971 (HM1H8U)

Location: Red Cloud, NE 68970 Webster County
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N 40° 5.464', W 98° 31.277'

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On April 10, 1871, Acting Governor William James issued a proclamation calling for the organization of Webster County, with officials to be elected nine days later. The dugout of Silas Garber, later to serve as Nebraska's governor, was the polling place and forty-five votes were cast. A portion of Garber's claim, future Red Cloud, was voted the county seat.

When the first settlers of the county had arrived the previous year, the Republican Valley was the center of the West's great buffalo ranges, still traversed by Indians while on their tribal hunts. Within a very few years, however, those times were gone, and, with the arrival of the railroad in 1879, Webster County was rapidly settled by thousands of homesteaders, ending the frontier era.

Webster County is part of a prosperous mixed-farming region, with numerous irrigated farms, while the rolling divide country has provided rich lands for grazing. The faith of the pioneers, that Webster County would prove to be a wealthy, agricultural home, is proven by the surrounding countryside.
HM NumberHM1H8U
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Marker Number123
Placed ByWebster County Commissioners and Nebraska State Historical Society.
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 4:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 540808 N 4437974
Decimal Degrees40.09106667, -98.52128333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 5.464', W 98° 31.277'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 5' 27.84" N, 98° 31' 16.62" W
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Area Code(s)402, 785
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-249 W 6th Ave, Red Cloud NE 68970, US
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