Frontier Trails Across Gage County

category : Historic Trails

The Oregon Trail enters Nebraska and crosses the southwest corner of Gage County. In
the early 1840's over 300,000 brave adventurers crossed this spot on their way west. A
stone monument was erected in 1914 by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
as a tribute to these early pioneers. The monument still stands near the village of Lanham
and is part of the Gage County Historical Society's properties.

The DeRoin Trail ran from Brownville near the town of St. DeRoin to Beatrice and on to
meet the Oregon Trail near Alexandria. It followed the old Otoe-Omaha Indian Trail and
was also know as the Brownville or Government Road. Originally the trail joined the Austin Trail near the present
site of Pickrell and continued west. In the 1850's when Beatrice was able to sell the travelers supplies, the trail
dropped further south and followed what is now Court Street. They crossed the Big Blue River just south of the
current Court Street bridge on the rock bottom ford know as the Scott Street ford.

The Brownville-Fort Kearney Trail entered Gage County from the east and joined the DeRoin Trail crossing
the Blue River ford. This trail ran from about the 1850's until about 1865.

The Nebraska City-Beatrice Trail, established in 1850, crossed the Nemaha river near the Johnson-Gage
County line and continued southwesterly to Beatrice.

The Reservation Road, ran from Marysville, Kansas north to the Otoe-Missouria reservation in southern Gage
County and followed the Blue River to either Beatrice or connected with the DeRoin Trail and traveled northeast.
It was on this road that the limestone, from Holmesville quarry, to build the first state capital in Lincoln was hauled
following near to the present Highway 77.

The Austin Trail, ran directly west from Brownsville and connected with the Oregon Trail near Alexandria,
Nebraska. It was in existence from the 1840's until the late 1850's when travel was diverted south to Beatrice on
the DeRoin Trail. In Beatrice the traveler could purchase supplies before heading further west.

The Ash Point Road was a mail route started near Rulo to Beatrice via Liberty. It probably joined the
Reservation road somewhere near Blue Springs or Holmesville.

Come visit us in Beatrice, Nebraska

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Gage County Courthouse

This limestone Richardson Romanesque structure with a clock tower was erected in 1890-1892, and has served as the location for the administration of local government and institutions for Gage County for over 100

Beatrice, NE Historic Courthouses

Chautaqua Tabernacle

The Chautauqua, which operated annual summer assemblies from 1889 until the 1920's, based on high moral standards and offered secular and religious

Beatrice, NE Historic Churches

Rockford Lake - SRA

This popular 150-acre fishing and power boating lake has 286 land acres with plenty of room for picnicking, hiking, primitive camping, unsupervised swimming, fishing and hunting (in season). Facilities include drinking water and latrines.

Beatrice, NE Recreation

Gage County Museum

Gage County Historical Society and Museum is housed in the Burlington Railroad Depot built in 1906 in the Neo-Classical Revival style. The building was constructed of Omaha pressed brick with Bedford stone trim at the cost of $35,000, and is listed on the

Beatrice, NE Museums

Paddock Hotel

In 1888 U.S. Senator Algernon Paddock built a hotel and a large opera house. That structure was destroyed by fire on August
1, 1919. Two years later a hotel company was organized, resulting in the New Paddock Hotel, which was completed in 1924.

Beatrice, NE Historic Hotels

Things to do Historic Trails near Beatrice, NE

Historic Seven Trails

In the early development of Tecumseh and Johnson County seven historic trails criss-crossed the county as commerce and tra...

Ox-Bow Trail

The Ox-Bow Trail started at Nebraska City, went northwest to the Platte River and then southwest to Fort Kearney. The trai...

Historic Forty-Niner Trail

During the 19th century the United States underwent a dramatic westward expansion, but perhaps no single event stimulated thi...

Frontier Trails Across Gage County

The Oregon Trail enters Nebraska and crosses the southwest corner of Gage County. In ...