Cedar County
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member NevaP
N 42° 37.201 W 097° 15.872
14T E 642325 N 4720079
Quick Description: This marker, located in front of the Cedar County Nebraska courthouse relates history of the county.
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 11:44:50 AM
Waymark Code: WM3RH6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 10

Long Description:
The marker text reads:

Much of the early history of Cedar County involves the Indian inhabitants, the Ponca, Omaha, and Sioux. Several prehistoric and historic Indian villages were located in the region. In 1804, Lewis and Clark ascended the Missouri River near here during their exploration of the Louisiana Territory. From August 28-31, they held a council with the Sioux at Calumet Bluff, now the southern abutment of Gavins Point Dam.

Permanent settlement occurred during the 1850's and 1860's and formed the basis for Cedar County's future development. The county was organized by act of the territorial legislature on February 12, 1857. St. James was the county seat until 1869, when it was moved to St. Helena. Hartington, near the center of the count, was selected as the permanent county seat in an 1885 election.

The Cedar County courthouse was constructed at a cost of $19,000 in 1891-1892 during the terms of County Commissioners John Lorang, Theodore Beste, and Joseph Morten. Designed by J. C. Stitt, the building is an example of a simple Romanesque style of architecture and was constructed of brick manufactured locally. One of the contractors was Henry Stuckenhoff of Hartington, who also helped build many of the churches and early commercial buildings in Cedar County.

The marker, #204 was placed by the Cedar County Historical Society and the Nebraska State Historical Society.
Marker Name: Cedar County

City: yes

Web Address if available:: [Web Link]

Roadside: Not Listed

Other: Not Listed

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