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Hay Springs, NE 69347 (aka Moakler)

  • Hay Springs: Peak population (1950), 1,091.  Post office name changed from Moakler September 28, 1885. Town named for its location in the center of meadow country where the soil is moistened by numerous springs.
    Moakler: Post office established December 16, 1884: name changed to Hay Springs September 28, 1885. Named in honor of a local settler.
    Perkey's Nebraska Place Names, Elton A. Perkey. Published by J. & L. Lee Co., 1995, Revised Edition.

  • Cravath Memorial Library, 243 N Main St, PO Box 280, Hay Springs, NE 69347
    Phone: (308) 638-4541

  • Latitude: 42.40.52, Longitude: -102.41.25

  • The Hay Springs Centennial Book Committee. Hay Springs, Nebraska: The First 100 Years 1885-1985. Dallas TX: Curtis Media Corporation, 1985. 528 pages hard cover.

Photos from Brian Garner

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Depot at Hay Springs NE, notice the milk or cream cans.

Train snowplow about 1910

"Pretty impressive snow plow.  There is a man standing in front of the engine by the
drivers and one inside the cab.  This engine would be known as having a 4-4-0
(4 front-4 drivers-0 rear)  wheel arrangement.  Pretty small engine compared to the
Union Pacific's "Big Boy" which had a 4-8-8-4 arrangement during the final years
of steam locomotives.  I think it is also a wood burning locomotive due to the
diamond head smokestack.  If it were coal burning it would have been straight
up and down. (circa 1910)," wrote Brian Garner.  Doris Lawrence send this
photo to Brian Barner.


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