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									                                                             (photo courtesy Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce)

                                       lexinGton                                      made lexington a trade center in the Platte River Valley.
    lexington began as an early frontier trading post in 1860 when the                    lexington was designated an “All America City” by the National Civic
Daniel Freeman family settled along the Oregon Trail near the Platte                  League in 1973. Dawson County received the “All America City” Award
River. The trading post prospered but not without problems. The                       in 1993 and is the only county in Nebraska to hold that designation.
Plum Creek Massacre took place August 7, 1864, in the bluffs near                         Today, markers direct the travelers to the area of the wagon train
the trading post. These bluffs were regarded as one of the most dan-                  massacre, an early frontier-day cemetery, the Oregon and Mormon
gerous areas on the way west. The Freeman’s were forced to flee to                    Trail, and a stone monument marking the site of the 1867 Indian
Fort Kearney, and the trading post was destroyed.                                     attack on section workers and derailment of a Union Pacific engine
    It is estimated that during these early years more than a half-million            and crew.
Americans followed the nearby Oregon Trail until the completion of the                    Stories of the “Olive Gang” have been recorded in books and films
Union Pacific Railroad.                                                               of the Old West. The family garnered national attention in “cattle-
    With the railroad came many new settlers to the area. In 1889 the                 man vs. settlers” captured in Harry Chrisman’s novel, Ladder of Riv-
name was changed to lexington.                                                        ers. Johnson Lake, nine miles south of lexington on U.S. Highway
    “The Great American Desert”, as the plains were named by the early                283, provides excellent fishing, swimming, boating, and skiing.
pioneers, has become one of the top-ranking agricultural valleys in the                   For more information phone the lexington chamber of com-
United States due to irrigation from an extensive canal system con-                   merce (308) 324-5504 or visit us at 302 E. 6th Street, Lexington, NE
structed in the early 1900s and from pivots when pumping underground                  68850 or www.visitlexington.org
water. The roaming herds of buffalo have now given way to even larger
herds of feeder cattle, hogs, and some sheep.
    As agriculture has prospered, so has lexington. The growth in re-
tail, medical, governmental, education services, and manufacturing has                  Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                                 26th Annual
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