Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Biker Ozzy
N 41° 25.296 W 099° 07.950
14T E 488927 N 4585568
State Historical Marker about the town of Arcadia's Centennial.
Waymark Code: WM40FN
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 06/17/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member plainsdrifter358
Views: 12

The marker reads as follows:

In 1873 the first settlers, George McKeller and Porter Brown, arrived near the Valley County site which would later become Arcadia. They were followed in 1874 by Samuel Hawthorne, his brother Boone and their families. Mrs. Hawthorne named the community Arcadia, after the Greek region of Arcadia, which symbolizes ideal simplicity and contentment. Samuel Hawthorne established a post office and was appointed the first postmaster on June 27, 1874. The first school was established in the house of Boone Hawthorne with Mingerson Coombs as teacher.

The Arcadia town site was platted by John Wall and Parley Round and put into the record October 3, 1885. The first buildings housed a general store, hardware store, and harness shop. The community's economy improved with the arrival of the Burlington Railroad in 1887. The Arcadia Roller Mills, established in the late 1880's, also boosted prosperity.

The residents of the Arcadia area have experienced setbacks and natural disasters: Indian scares and locust attacks in 1874; the blizzards of 1888 and 1948-1949; major fires in 1890, 1904, and 1937; and tornados in 1904, 1959, and 1974. Despite the setbacks, Arcadia simply and contentedly anticipates tomorrow.

Valley County Centennial Commission
Nebraska State Historical Society

Valley County
Marker 298

The marker is on the west side of the river in a pulloff. Hwy. 70, west of Arcadia.

Marker Name: ARCADIA CENTENNIAL, 1885-1985

Roadside: yes

City: Not Listed

Other: Not Listed

Web Address if available:: Not listed

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