Dead Horse Creek
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member NevaP
N 41° 16.314 W 098° 58.257
14T E 502433 N 4568941
This marker tells the sad tale of how a nearby creek was named.
Waymark Code: WM1C7X
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 04/01/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member plainsdrifter358
Views: 47

The marker stands where Rt.92 crosses Dead Horse Creek on the edge of Loup City. The text of the marker reads:

In April 1873, Headquarters, Department of the Platte at Omaha, ordered a military scout of the North and Middle Loup River Valleys. The detachment of soldiers was commanded by Captain John Mix of Company M, of the Second Cavalry, and guided by Conrad "Little Buckshot" Wentworth.

This expedition was sent out in response to a Sioux Indian raid on settlements some thirty-five miles to the northwest. That action resulted in the Battle of Sioux Creek.

The troops had completed the scout and were returning when they were struck by the terrible "Easter Blizzard," which began on April 13, 1873. For four days, the soldiers were housed by settlers and storekeepers. Their animals were left in a sheltered area alongside this creek. During the storm twenty-five horses and four pack mules were suffocated by snow. The creek has since been known as Dead Horse Creek.

Many similar incidents associated with early pioneer life were commemorated in stream names.

The marker, #322, was placed by the Sherman County Historical Society and the Nebraska State Historical Society.
Marker Name: Dead Hoorse Creek

Roadside: yes

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