Smithfield Community Honors Its Place In Nebraska History


A rural Gosper County community celebrates its roots by remembering a relatively short-lived part of Nebraska history.

The village of Smithfield dedicated a newly updated historical marker, telling the tale of the Tracyville Stagecoach route.

The route ran from Arapahoe to Plum Creek to Fort Kearny from 1871 to 1885, until the railroad came through the area.

Residents say it's important to keep these routes relevant.

"Renew our history of what the pioneers went through to settle this area," explained Smithfield Community Club president Illa Anders.

"We had to use the trail of least resistance, is why part of this trail come across the area," said sign designer Alfred Holscher. "And we need more signs put up around."

The new sign will be placed at the original site southwest of Bertrand sometime this week.

The community also took this time to celebrate the new renovations of its Village Hall.