Broken Bow
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member NevaP
N 41° 24.112 W 099° 38.524
14T E 446330 N 4583568
A marker about a historic town with a unique name.
Waymark Code: WM4MBN
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 09/06/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 19

The text of the marker reads:

A discarded Indian bow suggested the name for a town. Wilson Hewitt, an early homesteader, had applied for the location of a post office on his place. Approving the location, the government rejected Hewitt's first three suggested names as being too similar to names previously approved. Remembering a broken bow recently found nearby, Hewitt then submitted the name "Broken Bow," which the Post Office Department readily approved.

This area was the center of what eventually came to be known as the Sod House Frontier. As homesteaders began to enter this largely treeless region, they made their first homes of prairie sod, which they cut into strips. Early churches, schools and some business places were also made of sod. Homesteaders used sod to construct corrals, henhouses, corn cribs, wind breaks, and even pig pens. One enterprising Custer County resident even constructed a full two storied sod house while others were usually a single story or story and a half.

As the region became more settled, Broken Bow grew, and in 1882
became the county seat of Custer County. That same year, Mr. Jess Gandy donated the sites for the county courthouse and for the city square.

Gen. Geo. A. Custer Chapter,
Daughters of the American Revolution
Historical Land Mark Council
Nebr. 2, Broken Bow Custer County Courthouse
Custer County
Marker 45
Marker Name: Broken Bow

City: yes

Roadside: yes

Web Address if available:: [Web Link]

Other: Not Listed

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