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211 E Broad Street
Blue Springs, NE 68318

Available to the public for event rentals

2400 sq ft of space, seating capacity 75

Handicap accessible

Full kitchen with appliances (coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator). Charcoal Grill outside.

Two bathrooms

Air conditioned

For bookings - Brad Robinson (402) 806-3014

The first Fourth of July celebration at Blue Springs, Nebraska was held in 1859. For two months before the holiday everybody who passed was invited to come to the celebration and bring his skillet.

A committee of three was appointed to catch catfish for three weeks prior to the celebration. By the Fourth, these men had over 1000 pounds of big catfish penned up in the mouth of a nearby creek; stakes had been driven across the creek above and below, to form a pen.

Another committee of three, built a brush canopy and secured boards at the sawmill for a forty-foot table and a dance platform. A large pile of logs was gathered from the timber for fuel. The promoters sent to Brownsville, 80 miles away, for a two hundred and fifty pound hog, which furnished an abundance of lard to fry the fish. A corn crusher was improvised of sheet iron. There was much good corn bread though the meal was not grated fine nor bolted. There was a sumptuous feast of catfish and corndodger, with a little white bread, which a few had bought for dessert.

On the afternoon of the third, people began to come. By the next day there were one hundred and fifty people. They came walking, riding in ox wagons and any way they could get there. The ladies were dressed in sunbonnets and plain dresses. There was one silk dress in the whole crowd; some of the men were barefoot.

The flag was run to the top of a seventy foot pole; the Declaration of Independence was read and after a sumptuous repast had been served, the fiddles; brought from over an area of eighty miles; were tuned up and the dance began. This lasted until broad daylight of the fifth; when the settlers wended their way back to their lonely homes, thinking of the bright event, the oasis in the desert of a dreary frontier.

Taken from “The Sod House Frontier” by Everett Dick
The drawning of Blue Springs in 1860 was published with Robert Wilson's obituary in 1919. The large trading post building was located on the northeast corner of Hazen and Main Street.