Chalk Mine
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Biker Ozzy
N 41° 26.496 W 098° 42.444
14T E 524443 N 4587822
Historical Marker at Happy Jack Chalk Mine
Waymark Code: WM4FCE
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 08/16/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member plainsdrifter358
Views: 33

Marker reads as follows

Chalk Mine
The fertile North Loup Valley provided food and construction materials for the early settlers of this region. When they came here in 1872 they were greeted by Jack Swearengen, a trapper, guide, and government scout. He lived near here in a dugout in the white chalk bluffs that rise above the valley. The highest hill became known as "Happy Jack's Peak" and served as a lookout-point to guard against surprise Indian attacks.

The hills took on added importance in 1877 when Ed Wright began to mine the chalk. With stone cut from the bluffs, Wright completed construction of a general store in 1887. This building still stands in Scotia, two miles north of here. Other pioneer residents soon began using chalk in the foundations of their buildings.

The mine stood idle for a number of years. It was reopened in the 1930's by a paint company of Omaha. The chalk was used in a variety of ways, not only in paint and whitewash, but also in cement, polishes and chicken feed. These formations of calcarious rock, which can be seen throughout the North Loup Valley, were permanently preserved here in 1967 when the mine area was purchased by the Nebraska State Game and Parks Commission for use as a way-side park.

Scotia Community Club
Nebraska State Historical Society

Nebr. ll, southeast of Scotia - Greeley County
Marker 144

Marker Name: Chalk Mine

Roadside: yes

City: Not Listed

Other: Not Listed

Web Address if available:: Not listed

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