Road Ranches Along the Platte
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member NevaP
N 41° 01.779 W 100° 27.432
14T E 377500 N 4543071
Quick Description: This marker tells of travel accomodations along the trails in the days before the railroads.
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 6/4/2007 6:45:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM1N0K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 56

Long Description:
Before Interstate rest areas, motels, fast food and Walmart there were Road Ranches to serve the traveler.

The text of this marker reads:
With the discovery of gold in the Rocky Mountains in the late 1850's, overland freighting and travel intensified. Every few miles westward along the trails, enterprising individuals established road ranches which offered lodgings and provisions to travelers. A variety of goods was available: the Cheese Creek Ranche in eastern Nebraska was named for its main product; the Freeman Ranche at Plum Creek was noted for fresh bread and milk. Some ranches, like McDonald's at Cottonwood Springs, presented such delicacies as fresh pineapple and imported French wines. Many ranches, however, were scorned because of their poor service and unsanitary conditions. Even when located within walking distance of neighbors, ranche personnel felt isolated and endangered. Many ranches were burned during the Indian trouble of the mid-1860's, and some ranchers and their families were killed or taken prisoner. Ranchers who were not discouraged by the hazardous trail life often became prominent in Nebraska's history. James Boyd, once a road rancher, became governor of the state. When the Union Pacific Railroad built through the area in 1866 and 1867, overland freighting and stage travel ended, hastening the disappearance of the colorful road ranches.

The marker, #194 was placed by the Department of Roads and the
Nebraska State Historical Society
Marker Name: Road Ranches Along the Platte

Roadside: yes

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Biker Ozzy visited Road Ranches Along the Platte 5/26/2007 Biker Ozzy visited it