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Ellsworth, NE 69340

Ellsworth: Peak population (1910), 30. Post office established March 2, 1904. Origin of name not learned. There are towns in Maine and Minnesota having this name. Located on the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. Ellsworth was an early cattle shipping point. For a time was the headquarters of the Nebraska Land and Feeding Company, operated by pioneer cattlemen Will Comstock and Bartlett Richards.
Perkey's Nebraska Place Names, Elton A. Perkey. Published by J. & L. Lee Co., 1995, Revised Edition.

Latitude: 42.03.31, Longitude: -102.16.31
Photo collection of Brian Garner

1910 era Ellsworth NE train depot
1910 era Great Northern-Burlington windmill, water tank, train depot, ranch store
and hotel at Ellsworth, NE.  This view is to the northwest. There might also be a church
(left of the RR) and school to the northeast. Click image for large version.

General store owned by Will Comstock and Bartell Richards
Ranch store, post office owned by Will Comstock and Bartell Richards (of Spade Ranch fame)
This photo is later than the first one, note the roof top advertising. Click image for large version.

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Horserace near the railroad tracks at Ellsworth, NE. The auto is the only hint of the date.

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Train derailment (exact location unknown). The names Dave and Buzz Walker are written on the back.
This version has been flipped as the labels on the train cars were backwards.

In 1930 Census:

Frank Walker 17 1912 Nebraska Employee; Lodger White Extension, Sheridan, NE
Richard W Walker 42 1887 Nebraska Lodger White Rushville, Sheridan, NE
Pricilla E Walker 35 1894 Illinois Lodger White Rushville, Sheridan, NE
Robert R Walker 5 1924 Nebraska Lodger White Rushville, Sheridan, NE

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1913 long shot of Train 41 stalled by snow drifts west of Ellsworth, NE

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1913 closeup of the engines of Train 41 stalled west of Ellsworth, NE


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