Historic Markers

Historic Markers

Throughout North Platte and Lincoln County you’ll find historic markers, sites and buildings, see them all for a self-guided tour of how the history of the United States has flowed through North Platte and the region through the location and stories of forts, trails, ranches and more.

Oregon Trail Marker

Bignell Road, Maxwell, Nebraska This very well maintained marker commemorates the Oregon Trail This Oregon Trail Marker is located at the junction of Bignell Road and E. State Farm Road south and east of North Platte.

Pony Express Monument

Fort McPherson Road, Brady, Nebraska This Pony Express Marker is missing both brass plates, but the outline of the Pony Express rider can clearly be seen in the concrete. Located on East Ft. McPherson Road just west of W. Pawnee Road. View On Map

Fremont Springs

Oregon Trail Road, Hershey, Nebraska This site is possibly about 1.5 miles south of Hershey, Nebraska. Sources generally agree on its identity and location as a home station and stage stop. Other sources place its location about 5.5 miles southeast of Sutherland in Lincoln County. In late 1860, the English traveler Richard F. Burton described the station’s unique architecture in... View On Map

Danseys/Dorseys/Elkhorn Station

In 1859, the Leavenworth & Pike’s Peak Express Company utilized this station and identified it as O’Fallon’s Bluffs, and therefore it is logical that its successor, the Central Overland California and Pike’s Peak Express Company, also used the station for the Pony Express. O’Fallon’s Bluff Station was probably located about two miles south and four miles west of Sutherland. Situated... View On Map

Cottonwood Springs

The Cottonwood Springs Pony Express station site is thought to have been located about two miles west of Fort McPherson. The station, also known as McDonald’s Ranch and Box Elder, also served as a stop for the Leavenworth and Pike’s Peak Express Company stage line. The June, 1860 census states that a man named John North was the station keeper... View On Map

Cold Springs

W. Walker Road, North Platte, NE This site, which served as a relay station for the Pony Express, is thought to have been located near Box Elder Creek, two miles south and one mile west of present-day North Platte, in Lincoln County, Nebraska. The station was listed on the 1861 Overland Mail Company contract. Some historians note confusion between Cold... View On Map

Mormon Trail Ruts

N. Prairie Trace Road, Sutherland, NE The Mormon Trail marker was placed by the 150th anniversary re-enactment of the 1847 Mormon Trail wagon train in 1997. Just east of the marker, deep eroded ruts from the Mormon Trail are visible. Located approximately five miles north of Sutherland, Nebraska on Prairie Trace Road. View On Map

Mormon Trail Odometer

Lee Bird Field, North Platte Mormon Trail Odometer was invented and first installed near the site of the present-day North Platte Regional Airport. An interpretive marker commemorates the site. Located on the north wall of the portico of the Airport Terminal. View On Map

Mormon Trail Grave

West North River Road, Sutherland, Nebraska In memory of all the children who died along the trail, this site was dedicated as the final resting place for one infant Mormon boy. Long ago a little fence was placed here by local residents who, for many years, placed flowers at the grave. In 1997, a wagon train reenacting the Mormon Trail... View On Map

Oregon Trail Marker on Walker Rd.

Though the brass plaques have been replaced with an image of a barrel racer, the outline of the distinctive covered wagon can be seen in the concrete. This Oregon Trail maker is located approximately two miles west of S. Buffalo Bill Ave. on Walker Road. View On Map

Oregon Trail Marker at WCREC

This marker placed by the state of Nebraska in 1914 sits at the entrance of the University of Nebraska’s West Central Research and Extension Center. This marker is located just west of US Highway 83 on State Farm Road. View On Map

Oregon Trail at Sutherland Reservoir

The state of Nebraska placed this marker commemorating the Oregon Trail in 1912. This Oregon Trail marker is located near the clubhouse of the Sutherland Oregon Trail golf course on the shore of the Sutherland Reservoir. 41.126995 -101.136048 View On Map

Wild West Memorial

North Platte’s Cody Park is the site of the world’s first spectator rodeo, hosted by Buffalo Bill Cody in 1882. It went on to become the Wild West Show and the Cowboy Exhibition evolved into the modern sport of Rodeo. The Memorial consists of a life-size statue of Buffalo Bill donated by the citizens of Great Britain, flags of every... View On Map

The Great Platte River Road/Crossing the Overland Trail

The westward trail monuments at the Sutherland Eastbound I-80 rest area are artistic and educational. To find these monuments to the westward expansion of America, travel about a half mile east of the Sutherland Highway 25 exit on Interstate 80 and enter the eastbound rest area. 41.139090 -101.096697 View On Map

The Great Platte River Road

The single marker at the Sutherland Westbound I-80 Rest Area commemorates the Great Platte River Road. This westbound I-80 rest area is approximately five miles west of the Hershey, Nebraska I-80 exit. Continue traveling westbound past Hershey and enter the rest area on the right. Picnic area and dino play place are also available. 41.141302 -101.090121 View On Map

Road Ranches Along the Platte

The Brady Eastbound I-80 Rest Area is a treasure trove of historical information. Located approximately 1 mile west of Brady on Interstate 80. 41.029689 -100.457251 View On Map

McDonald Ranch

This stone marker marks the Overland Ranch of Chas. McDonald, Established at Cottonwood Springs on Oregon Trail, Jan. 1860. Located on E. Ft. McPherson Road, between South Ft. McPherson Road and S. Cottonwood Canyon Road. 41.016522 ‘-100.512236 View On Map

Lincoln County Historical Museum Historical Markers

Many historical markers have been relocated to the Lincoln County Historical Museum when their original locations became endangered. The historical markers can be seen in the Western Heritage Village and the north side of the main Museum building. View On Map

Jack Morrow Ranch

Erected by the people of Lincoln County in the year 1931 to commemorate the Old Oregon Trail. The ranch along the hills was known as Jack Marrows Ranch. He traded oxen, conducted a settlers store and dance hall. Many small emigrant trains were raided by his men disguised as Indians. The old trail continued west along the foothills. The marker... View On Map

Fort McPherson Trail

This monument marks the important trail leading south from Ft. McPherson into the rich hunting grounds and woodlands of the Loess Canyons. The Ft. McPherson Trail Monument is located 7.9 miles south on Cottonwood Canyon Road, .6 miles past the junction with Effenbeck Road. View On Map

Fort McPherson Soldier Statue

The last four soldiers who served at Fort McPherson dedicated the original statue on Memorial Day of 1928. They were Theodor Lowe, Charles Hendy, R. McMurray and Cyrus Fox. This fully restored statue now features a convenient parking area and bench. It is located at the approximate site of the flag pole on the original Ft. McPherson parade ground. View On Map

Fort McPherson and North Platte

Historical markers at the Brady I-80 Westbound Rest Area commemorate the importance of Fort McPherson in the opening of the west. Located approximately one mile east of Brady on Interstate 80. View On Map

Fort McPherson Historical Marker

The fort was established on the Oregon Trail on the south side of the Platte River in October 1863, on the eve of the intensified Indian raids on the Platte. Built next to the well-known Cottonwood Springs and McDonald ranches, it commanded a strategic north-south Indian trail across the Platte valley. This historical marker is located along Highway 30 just... View On Map

Conroy’s Grave

Conroy’s Grave is located on private land and is no longer open to the public. A hostile party of Sioux Indians attacked A. Conroy and his son as they were putting up hay east of Fort McPherson. The Indians killed the father and the rake team. The boy fell backwards into the hay filled teeth of the rake and he... View On Map

Sutherland State Aid Bridge

By 1912 the existing timber pile bridge over the North Platte River north of Sutherland had deteriorated beyond repair. Voters in Birdwood Precinct in which the bridge lay voted a bond issue in April 1912 and again the following year, and the county sought financial assistance from the newly formed state aid bridge fund. At the end of December 1915,... View On Map

Scout’s Rest Ranch

“Scout’s Rest” was the home of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the premier showman whose Wild West shows embodied the legend of the American West. Located near North Platte, ranch buildings include the 1886 French Second Empire house, a one-and-one-half-story frame dwelling that features a prominent tower; the late 1880s barn; a cob house; icehouse; and a wine cellar. 250... View On Map

O’Fallon’s Bluff

Southeast of Sutherland O’Fallons Bluff is a 20-mile section of hills located on the south bank of the South Platte River in Lincoln County, Nebraska. Near Sutherland, the bluffs come very close to the river bank and the early travelers were forced to either travel very close to the bluffs or transverse the bluffs and travel overland. Much of this...

Lincoln County Courthouse

Built in 1921-24 and 1931-32, the Lincoln County Courthouse is an excellent, largely unaltered example of the property type “County Citadel”. Identifying features include a rectangular shape, centered entrance, costly materials, distinctive ornamentation, Beaux Arts stylistic influence, provision for fireproof storage, and an impression of a government building representing modernity, strength, and prosperity. In addition, the courthouse has other County... View On Map

Johnson Memorial Hall

Wallace, NE The hall was built in 1921 as a memorial to John R. Johnston, a resident of Pennsylvania who was prominent in the glass industry. Johnston came to Wallace annually for twenty-four years to hunt and fish. His family and friends built the hall as a memorial after Johnston died of tuberculosis in 1920 at the age of fifty-three.... View On Map

Hotel Yancy (Pawnee Hotel)

Downtown North Platte’s skyline-dominating Pawnee Hotel, previously named Hotel Yancey, is listed on the National Register of historic places. This eight-story brick Georgian Revival hotel was designed by architect F.A. Henninger and constructed in 1929 by Alex Beck, who also designed and built the Fox Theater across the street from the hotel. Minor alterations have occurred on the first level... View On Map

Fort McPherson

Fort McPherson was originally called Cantonment McKean, and was popularly known as Fort Cottonwood and “Post Cottonwood”. It was located on the banks of the North Platte River, at the mouth of Cottonwood Canyon, a strategic location near the junction of South and North Platte Rivers. Cottonwood Springs, a natural spring in an abandoned bed of the river, was the... View On Map

1913 Federal Building

5th and Jeffers Streets Funding for this building was appropriated by Congress in 1908, and construction was completed in 1913. Architecturally, it is a fine and relatively rare example of the Renaissance Revival architectural style. Character-defining features of the style include wide overhanging eaves supported by brackets, clay tile covering the roof and impressive second story pilasters. The North Platte... View On Map