Custer County's First Courthouse
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Biker Ozzy
N 41° 17.544 W 099° 55.392
14T E 422701 N 4571628
Quick Description: Custer County's First Courthouse Historical Marker
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 8/17/2008 12:56:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM4FFB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
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Long Description:
Marker reads as follows

Custer County, named in memory of General George Armstrong Custer, was organized July 27, 1877. Frontiersmen and pioneer ranchers had been living in the area since 1872. Earlier, soldiers from Fort McPherson and settlers from the Platte River counties had regularly made hunting expeditions here, for its river valleys were noted feeding grounds for deer, elk and antelope.

The log ranch house of Milo F. Young, then located in Section 23, Township 15N, Range 22W, was designated as the temporary county seat. Built in 1876, it officially served as the county courthouse for seven years, though most of the county records were kept in the homes of the officials. In it, on December 17, 1880, were held the hearings which lead to the Olive-Fisher trial for the lynching of Mitchell and Ketchum, one of history's most noted feuds between ranchers and homesteaders.

The log house continued to serve as a private residence for many years but was finally abandoned. At the request of several community organizations in 1933, the Young estate donated the house to the village of Callaway, and it was moved here to Morgan Park.

Seven Valleys Historical Society
Nebraska State Historical Society

Morgan Park, Callaway
Custer County
Marker 134

Marker Name: Custer County's First Courthouse

Other: yes

City: Not Listed

Roadside: Not Listed

Web Address if available:: Not listed

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