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Spade Ranch - NHR (Ellsworth Vicinity)


category : National Register
Spade Ranch - NHR  (Ellsworth Vicinity) Spade Ranch is located in the Sandhills of northwestern Nebraska on a tract of land in Sheridan and Cherry counties. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the ranch includes numerous buildings and structures, including the log cookhouse built in 1879, bunk houses which were used by the hired hands; the 1889 horse barn; calving sheds; breaking pens; and various corral areas.


Bartlett Richards purchased the Spade Ranch from Bennett Irwin in 1888. Richards and Will Comstock, also involved in many of the ranch's affairs, were instrumental in recognizing the importance of the Sandhills a grazing land. When Teddy Roosevelt targeted western ranches for illegal fences and claims, the Spade Ranch was high on his list. Because of Richards' conviction for illegal fencing of public lands and because of his untimely death while serving a jail sentence, the vast Spade "empire" has become legend in the history of cattle ranching in the Great Plains region.



Address: 27 miles south of Gordon on Highway 27, then 5 miles southeast on paved ranch road

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Attractions and Upcoming Events

Scamahorn Museum

The Scamahorn Museum is the 1884

Gordon, NE Museums

Tri State Old Time Cowboys Memorial Museum

The 40 foot by 80 foot log building was constructed in 1969 as a testimonial to the rugged western life of the old time cowboys who worked as ranch hands and performed at the Sheridan County Rodeo. Exhibits include an early chuck wagon with over 250

Gordon, NE Museums

Old Jules Sandoz Country Tour

This is a do-it-yourself tour around the area in which Jules Sandoz lived and references that are made in some of Mari Sandoz'

Gordon, NE Tours

Walgren Lake State Recreation Area

Walgren Lake is nestled into the prairie, surrounded by trees and picnic areas. It is known for quiet, primitive camping, good fishing and the legend of the "Walgren Lake Monster." A wheelchair accessible fishing pier introduces 100

Gordon, NE Recreation

Rushville Museum

The Rushville Museum moved in to the 1890 Armstrong House in 1960

Gordon, NE Museums

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