Larry & Cheryl's 2013 Travels travel blog

Hastings to Kasas through Indian Raid territory

Many farms

Ranch houses

Big old school buildings

Turn of the century brick cities

1902 IOOF building

Crop circles in the corn fields

Following the leader

Bruce took us on the scenic dirt route

Past pastures

Oh Oh, someone escaped

In Kansas now, Nebraska is behind us

Lovewell State Park, Webber, KS

Nice shady camp spot.

Being that we were coming up on a hot Labor Day weekend we found a State campground on a lake, just across the Nebraska border in Kansas. We thought this would be cooler, and it has full hook ups with 50 amp electric to run our air conditioning.

It was a short drive across border to Kansas State Park on Lake Lovewell. We traveled small roads, then Bruce (who was leading the way) got lost and took us through farm dirt roads but we got there eventually saying “oh well, it was an adventure”.

I found some history about this area south of Kearney along the North Platte River, The Indian Wars with the US Army.

1864 Indian Raids

During the Civil War many regular troops were withdrawn from Plains military posts to fight in the east. The Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho, seizing this opportunity, attempted to drive white settlers from their land.

Beginning on August 7, 1864, the Indians made concerted attacks on stage stations and ranches along the Oregon Trail, hitting nearly every settlement for 400 miles from Julesburg to Big Sandy. Travel ceased for two months.

The most severe attacks were along the upper Little Blue River where about 100 people were killed. Several died at Oak Grove but others escaped and Pawnee Ranch was successfully defended. At "the Narrows" the Eubanks families were attacked and seven killed. Mrs. Eubanks, two children and Miss Laura Roper were taken prisoner and held captive for months. Teamsters were killed, wagon trains burned and ranches were smashed or burned. Settlers fled east to Beatrice and Marysville or northwest to Fort Kearny on the Platte for protection.

Troops and local militia companies attacked and drove back the Indians in the battle of the Little Blue on August 17, 1864. Major raids ceased but skirmishes continued through the fall

Read an eye witness account here.

Unfortunately there was no wifi, and barely one bar for our cell phones. After setting up we found out that there was a wifi hot spot near the Park general store & café. It was not turned on all the time, but after letting the manager know that we were needing it for business, he said he would leave it on for us.

It was a really hot day and we were grateful for the 50 amp electric to run the A/C.

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