Lone Tree
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member NevaP
N 41° 06.293 W 098° 01.209
14T E 582276 N 4550862
This marker tells of an early landmark for pioneer travelers.
Waymark Code: WM1C86
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 04/01/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member plainsdrifter358
Views: 59

The marker stands in a wayside area just off Hwy. 30 on the west edge of Central City. The actual site of the tree was a few miles from here and can be found by going west on 15th street (road 1700). Or, to get coordinates that will take you to the general area, locate the first stage of the multicache "Lone Tree Hugger" GCJEGZ, which is near the marker.

The text of the marker reads:
Lone Tree, a giant, solitary cottonwood, was a noted Platte River landmark as early as 1833. Standing on the north side of the river some three miles southwest of present Central City, the tree was visible at great distance. Several travelers estimated they could see if twenty miles away. The tree was especially prominent since timber was rare on the Nebraska prairies except in stream valleys, where it received protection from prairie fires.

The Mormon Trail passed by Lone Tree, as did the Omaha-Fort Kearny stage route. The tree also gave its name to a stage station and a town, later renamed Central City. Ten to twelve feet in circumference, the tree's total height was about fifty feet; its lowest branches were about twenty feet above the ground.

Passing travelers often camped beneath Lone Tree and carved their initials on its trunk. This probably hastened its end, for the tree was dead by 1863. A severe storm in 186 5 brought it to the earth. In 1911 residents of Merrick County erected a stone in the shape of a tree trunk on the site once occupied by Lone Tree.

The marker, #92, was placed by the Merrick County Centennial Committee and the Historical Land Mark Council
Marker Name: Lone Tree

City: no

Roadside: yes

Other: no

Web Address if available:: Not listed

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