It started as a dot on the map, a point of reference for pioneers on the Oregon Trail seeking a resting spot. its fertile, rich and prosperous fields - some of the richest in the world - prompted many to stay.
In 1869, road ranches and freight stops dotted the trails, especially in York county. These sprouted up as rest stops fro traveling stage and freight horses and "pilgrim rooms" were available. York was a popular stopping point on the Overland Trail, or the Nebraska City Cut-off, as it was commonly called. A monument commemorating the Nebraska City-Fort Kearney cut-off, it located at the rest stop along the interstate just east of York.
With the arrival of the railroads in the early 1870s, the road ranches shut down and the towns grew. York, growing itself as a regional farm trading center and travel stop, was incorporated in 1870 and designed as county seat. Its first courthouse was built in 1872 and the town boasted thirteen businesses.
A variety of historical sites exist in the county. Old homesteads, cemeteries, churches, and schools can provide "a historical adventure" for all ages.
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Outdoor water recreation is new to York at Recharge Lake. The experimental groundwater project has provided a site for ice skating in the winter and fishing, small boating, and swimming in the summer. The small lake is stocked with bluegill, bass, catfish, and Northern Pike.York, NE Recreation
"Everybody played marbles when I was going to school,including the girls. Sometimes they were better shots than the boys. It was one of the most popular games. There wasn't TV then, none of that. So you got out and played marbles. Back then the marbles cost a little bit of nothing. You could get 50York, NE Museums
He has stood watch since 1861, on top of the quiet hill overlooking the cornfields and pasture land. Under his committed stance, his motto is inscribed, "In memory of the comrades." And in memory of the comrades he has held his gun, remembering the 24 Civil War and Spanish/Lushton, NE Monuments