Southern Gage History Trail -
Nebraska Self-Guided Day Tour

Traveling south on Hwy 77 take the Blue Springs exit
and follow the guide from the beginning.
Traveling north on Hwy 77 start at Bethel Cemetery
south of Wymore and follow the guide from the end backward.

New this Summer Season:
The following museums
Pleasant View Schoolhouse Museum
Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre
Burlington Park Railroad Museum
Johnson Cabin Museum

will ALL be open from
2 to 5pm
on these 2019 dates
Sunday, June 23rd (Homestead Days)
Sunday, July 21st
Sunday, August 18th (Blue Springs Celebration)

Plan ahead for a Sunday family outing ...
you'll be pleasantly surprised by the
rich history of Southern Gage County.

Please check their websites for other individual open dates.

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Berlin Guy Chamberlin Monument
312 W 2nd Street, Blue Springs MAP

This Monument celebrates the life and football career of Blue Springs native son, Guy Chamberlin. Chamberlin graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1911 (once located on this school site). He went on to play for the University of Nebraska and the NFL.

United Methodist Church
112 W Broad Street, Blue Springs MAP



Dating back to 1877, this historic church has been home to four denominations. The building has gone through several expansions. The stained glass windows were installed in the early 1900s. In the 1920s, the building was raised to add the basement.
Drive by only attraction - this is an active church


Johnson Cabin Museum
National Register of Historic Places
100 North A Street, Blue Springs MAP

 

Long before the Homestead Act became law, the first settlers arrived in Gage County in the 1850s. Reverend James Johnson came to Blue Springs Township in the summer of 1855 to minister to the Otoe-Missouria Reservation. He built this cabin of cottonwood logs that summer. In the summer of 1857, he returned with his wife, Martha and six children. The cabin was moved to the Blue Springs Park in 1949 and has served as a museum for 70 years.
See website for open dates

Blue Springs Cemetery
1 mile north of Blue Springs on "A" Street MAP



Long regarded as the "Oldest Recorded Cemetery" in Nebraska. This peaceful setting attracts visitors from faraway places to walk among the state's oldest pioneers, to see hundreds of fragrant peonies among the colorful sprays of memorial flowers and to attend Memorial Day services surrounded by a host of flags.
For maps and details, please visit our website

Feit Memorial Park Campground
E Broad Street, Blue Springs at the Blue River bridge MAP



The Blue Springs Volunteer Fire Department purchased the old Dis-L-Do Campground overlooking the Blue River in 1973 and deeded it to the City of Blue Springs in 1975. In 1977, it was renamed in memory of Fireman, John Feit. Enjoy a picnic or camping in this well cared for park by the Big Blue River.
(water and toilet facilities, no camper hookups)

Chief Standing Bear Trail
Blue Springs Trailhead
Across the Blue River Bridge - 1 mile east on the B-Line MAP



A favorite rest stop on one of Nebraska's newest bike trails. Kiosks offer a journey back through Ponca Tribal history, as well as the rich history of the Union Pacific Railroad and the Blue Springs area. The extensive landscape design offers a perfect place for picnics and includes Pioneer Gardens, Medicine Wheel, Monarch Watch Site, Bluebirds Across Nebraska Memorial Bench and Arboretum.
(Facilities include shelter and toilet)

Ron Samuelson - Memorial Bench
@RonSamuelsonMemorial on Facebook

Arbor State Park - the 7th Street entrance on the south side. MAP



Ronald Earle Samuelson November 21, 1949 - August 6,1970. Killed in action in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam while serving with "G" Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.Private First Class MOS 0311 (Riflemen)

Burlington Park Railroad Museum
100 Block S 7th Street, Wymore MAP

Built by the Southern High School shop class as a replica of the Wymore Burlington Railroad Depot, the museum is filled with railroad stories,
photographs and memorabilia to offer a glimpse into the history
of what is was like working the railroad.
See website for open dates

Great Plains Welsh Heritage
& Culture Centre

307 S 7th Street, Wymore MAP

The Welsh Heritage Project celebrates the history of Welsh settlers in Nebraska and the Great Plains through interactive displays, artifacts and oral histories. The building includes a state-or-the-art archive preserving Welsh language newspapers, books, pictures, and stories from the early settlement of the Great Plains. The Centre sponsors speakers and activities throughout the year.
See website for open dates

Wymore Public Library
116 West F Street, Wymore MAP



This historic Carnegie Library is celebrating 100 years of service
to Southern Gage County. The Heritage Room is an excellent
source for genealogical research.
See website for open dates

United Methodist Church
121 S 10th Street, Wymore MAP




This beautiful Methodist Church was dedicated in August 1910
and has been loving preserved in service since that date.
Driveby only attraction - this is an active church



St Luke's Episcopal Church Building
114 North 10th Street, Wymore MAP



This pretty building was consecrated as
St Luke's Episcopal Church on April 15, 1890,
making it the oldest church building in Wymore. A rectory & parish house
was built on adjoining lots. The parish house was razed in 1941
and the church was deconsecrated after a minor fire in 2015.
The basement continues to serve the community as its Food Pantry.
Driveby only attraction

Pleasant View Schoolhouse Museum
McCandless Park on Hwy 77 MAP



This newly-restored schoolhouse preserves artifacts from the long history of one-room schoolhouses in Nebraska. In addition to the building being a museum, it is also used to provide a living history experience for 4th grade students studying Nebraska history in local schools. Students are immersed in a day of school
as it was at the turn of the century
See website for open dates

Bethel Cemetery
5 miles south of Wymore on Hwy 77 MAP



This peaceful rural cemetery was once graced by the
Bethel Presbyterian Church, founded May 1879.
Bethel Cemetery is the final resting place of many of Wymore's Welsh Founders. Many of the tombstones date to the mid-to-late
19th century and bear inscriptions in Welsh.



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