Spitley Railroad Nebraska

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Spitley Railroad Nebraska
 - com- Plotte County Place Names By KEITH BRYAN...
com- Plotte County Place Names By KEITH BRYAN The Union Pacific was originally a one- location somewhere in the vicinity of track railroad. Since trains, then as now, ran phrey. Grunewald was located southeast both directions, it was necessary to locate Humphrey, apparently on the Columbus-to- Madison stage road, but that is all that known of it. Granville, in one brief alluded to as a town, which its very suggests. There is no hint of its location, one would guess that it lay somewhere that we do will highef food said disposal. 10 years ac- energy cent of our years sources even in storm $25 rural can," sidings at regular intervals onto which one train could pull out to await tlie passage of another. These stops gave the opportunity to board and discharge passengers and freight, so apparently -- at least in Platte County -- each of these sidings had its own little station. These stations and towns, from west to east lne western part of Humphrey, across Piatte County were Gardiner, Duncan Since Barnum's Ranch southwest ot (originally Jackson), Cayuga, Columbus, .Columbus has been written up, mention Warraqk and Benton -- also called Spitley and made also of Galley's Ranch currently named Richland. Richland, of The English-born GaUey family was the present Granville Township, which course, now stands in Colfax County, thanks to a shift in the county boundary. This installment of the series is a "clean- up" of place names about which little or nothing is known. One of these is West Hill, north of Genoa. As the story goes, two of the original settlers in that area lived on hills a mile or two apart. One they called "east hill" and the other "west hill," which in tune grew capital letters and survived to this day. West Hill Cemetery still carries the name. Somewhere perhaps in that same area was ·the Norwich post office, but research has turned up no Information concerning Norwich, . The context in whichs its name has been found suggests that Prairie Hill may have been a neighboring community of Palestine -- or perhaps it was another name for Palestine. But all information about Prairie Hill seems to have been lost. Part of the Palestine community is situated in Joliet Township, which one old-time Informant 'thought was named for Joliet, the French explorer, by Joseph Rivet, a county commissioner from that precinct. Rivet was a French-Canadian. Another equally qualified consultant was of the opinion tie precinct was named for Jpliet 4 Dlnols, from whence many of the, settlers came. Obscure are'the histories ot MillvUle, Granville and Grunewald. MUlvllle Is men- that it migrated to Columbus from the rather than the east. They had gone from England tp Utah in 1853 with the After becoming disenchanted with the organization they returned to Columbus in and took up land to the Southeast of Situated along the emigrant trail, the acquired distinction as a rest stop for Mormons and others who traveled the Only two pieces remain to be written series, those about Rosenburg and If there is any place name that hasn't covered, the reader having knowledge of asked to rush what information he has Telegram so the necessary research can done before the series ends. The articles have included 60 Platte place names, far more than I would suspected as having existed before I the project. Fourteen of these names are carried by the present townships. There at various time 36 places that could conceivably grown to towns. But roads railroads were the vines that brought bloom, so that now only nine of this maintain legal town status. Transportation improvements and the reduced number farm families have produced a noticeable withering among some of this fortunate Perhaps events of the future - ruralizing expanding population for one -- will

Clipped from The Columbus Telegram03 Apr 1976, SatPage 1

The Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Nebraska)03 Apr 1976, SatPage 1
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