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Blue Springs, Nebraska

Blue Springs, Nebraska

Indians called this place "Blue Springs" for the healing waters that bubbled from the ground said to be "... a generous amount of the purest water the year around."

The settlers at Blue Springs "challenged the right of people of Beatrice to organize a county government," and despite the fact that they were nearer the center of what was then a 24-square-mile Gage County, they lost in their efforts to the "stronger politicians" in that city. Even so, the people at Blue Springs found many opportunities to build up their settlement, on the much-travelled road from Marysville, Kansas, to Beatrice. Incorporation papers were filed in 1857.

A Methodist cemetery, founded in 1860, was used by all denominations. Part of what is now the Blue Springs Cemetery, it is thought to be the oldest "recorded cemetery" in Nebraska.

Today, Blue Springs supports a population of about 275 and is still very much "its own town," reflecting the high standards set by its pioneer citizens. Visit the museum that is housed in the 165 year old historic log cabin built by one of the first settlers. The Annual Car Show held in August draws crowds of enthusiasts to this proud community.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Historic Blue Springs Cemetery

Founded in 1860, the Blue Springs Cemetery has the distinction of being Nebraska's Oldest Recorded Cemetery, registered on January 25, 1862. The first burial was Allen R. Johnson age 8 years and 2

Blue Springs, NE Cemeteries

Johnson Cabin Museum

This 165 year old pioneer cabin listed on the National Register of Historic Places became the Johnson Cabin Museum in 1950. The first settlers arrived in Gage County in the 1850s, followed by Reverend Johnson who arrived in Gage County in the summer of 1855

Blue Springs, NE Museums

Blue Springs or Wonder Site

The Blue Springs Site is an early nineteenth century Pawnee village on a prominent hilltop overlooking the Big Blue River. When first visited by archeologists in 1904

Blue Springs, NE Historic Sites

Things to do near Blue Springs, NE

Mahoney SP Fishing

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York Subways - NHR

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