We took our first Sunday drive since the weather was so cooperative, and we're finding that there is something interesting just about everywhere we go in Nebraska. We loaded Casey (our Golden Retriever) into the Jeep and headed north into Frontier county on this trip into a land of huge farms and few people.
Our first stop came after seeing a road sign for a Nebraska historical marker. Nebraska is great for putting up historical information markers, but this one didn't give much information other than we were along the McPherson Trail and what years it operated. My first efforts to find information about this trail has yielded little information other than it was a connecting trail from North Platte to Hays, Kansas.
We planned on heading into the county seat of Frontier county which is Stockville. I admit that most towns around Nebraska have a water tower so we were looking for one and drove right through town thinking we should be in town by now. After climbing out of the Medicine Creek valley to another Nebraska historical sign, we stopped and learned a little of the history of Stockville, and realized that we had missed town.
It's pretty unusual for a town not to have a sign letting you know you are in town, but we didn't see any at Stockville. The only real indication of town was the county fairgrounds and the speed limit dropped. As we drove back into town, we looked for a main street, and headed south on one of two possibilities. We lucked out and were on main street and drove right past the county building, post office, and one other business establishment that we noticed. And then we were back in the country heading towards Bartley.
I suppose there may have been a sign someplace designating the county courthouse as such, but we didn't see it. Just a pop vending machine and a tall flagpole made the white building appear somewhat official. The US Post Office declaired we were in Stockville, and the business I believe was called the Kounty Seat.
This small village it turns out has an official population of 32 according to the Frontier county web site, and is the smallest town listed in the county as well. It also looks like they have some fun in July when they have their county fair including a rodeo, demolition derby, and tractor pull. You can learn quite a bit about Frontier county and Stockville at http://www.co.frontier.ne.us/index_html.
The rest of our trip had us exploring to see if Road 725 cut through, it doesn't, trying to stay out of the local's way (I wasn't in a hurry), and seeing plenty of what we're becoming accustomed to seeing everywhere we go in southwest Nebraska...wildlife.