District 10 School House & Monuments
Jefferson Co Nebraska


Located west of Powell, the Dist. 10 School stands as a reminder of an earlier time in our county. The school district was created in 1869 and the school was moved to its current location in 1890. It was used as a school until 1961.
The school museum is open on Sundays from 2-4 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day. From Fairbury, go north on Hwy 15 to 717th Road, then west approx. 10 miles.
Inscription: "The original route of the movement to colonize Oregon began at Independence and Westport (Kansas City) Missouri. Trappers and traders followed its course from about 1830.

The first colony started May 15, 1842. The trail was subsequently a principal road to California, Colorado and Utah until superseded by railroads.

Erected in 1914 by the State of Nebraska and School District No. 10. Jefferson County trail 100 feet south. Big Sandy Crossing 1 1/2 miles east and 1/2 mile north of this point."

Pony Express Trail marker
National Pony Express Centennial Association, 1960-1961
Inscription: "This monument is dedicated to the hundreds of Mormons who passed this point or were buried along this trail. Jacob Foutz Secrist, captain of a wagon train enroute to Utah, died July 2, 1855, and is buried between here and the Little Blue River. Others in the Jacob Secrist Company who died between Mormon Grove near Atchison, Kansas, and Fort Kearny, 100 miles northwest, were:
13 June, 1855 Daniel Horrocks, a native of England
20 June, 1855 Thomas Morgan (1 mile from the Nemaha River), born, Alton, Illinois 14 June 1843
23 June, 1855 Jens Poulsen, age 70 (Danish Division)
26 June, 1855 Mothe Marie Clemenson Christiansen, age 3, daughter of Niels Clemenson
27 June, 1855 John Falkner, age 2 years (Nova Scotia)
28 June, 1855 Johana Mauritzens, wife of Niels Mauritzens (Danish Div.)
29 June, 1855 Stephen Welsh (Nova Scotia)
2 July, 1855 Jacob Foutz Secrist, Captain of company, born, Quincy Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania, 15 August 1820
4 July, 1855 Martin Poulsen, age on year (Danish Division)
5 July, 1855 Mary Ann Falkner, age 37 (Nova Scotia)
7 July, 1855 Stephen Falkner, age 14 (Nova Scotia)
9 July, 1855 Burke Falkner, age 4 (Nova Scotia)
10 July, 1855 Mary or Nancy Welsh, age 50 years (Nova Scotia)
One man in the Danish part of the company (Unnamed)

Researched in 1971-1973 by Wanda Secrist Telford, great granddaughter of Captain Secrist."

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