Calamus Townsite # 293
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Biker Ozzy
N 41° 42.961 W 099° 01.210
14T E 498321 N 4618246
Marker about an old townsite, the town is no longer there.
Waymark Code: WM69EZ
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 04/27/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 8

Marker reads as follows.


The town of Calamus was platted in September of 1874. One of its principal organizers was Lt. Thaddeus Capron, an officer in Company C, 9th Infantry Regiment, then stationed at nearby Fort Hartsuff. Calamus was a typical town designed to meet the needs of a military fort. The town boasted the first newspaper in Valley County, a bootmaker, a lawyer, a brickyard, a post office, a saloon, a freight station, two stores, dwellings, and a school. The population probably reached about 65 persons at its peak. The town's front street was on the road from Grand Island to Deadwood, Dakota Territory, via Fort Hartsuff. The town was named after the Calamus River, which joins the North Loup River ten miles to the northwest near present-day Burwell. The name Calamus is derived from the Indian name of a plant and means "food of the muskrat." Following the abandonment of Fort Hartsuff in 1881, the town declined steadily. Its final demise was assured by a terrible wind storm which destroyed the school and other buildings in August, 1885.

The Herman Swanton Family and Friends Memorial
The Nebraska State Historical Society

1/2 mile south of Ft. Hartsuff
Valley County
Marker 293
Marker Name: Calamus Townsite

Roadside: yes

City: Not Listed

Other: Not Listed

Web Address if available:: Not listed

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