Wood River, NE

Wood River, NE

Wood River, established in 1866, was originally a railroad station named for the tree-lined river directly north. Three years later this settlement boasted a log Catholic church & a school. In 1874-75 the Union Pacific RR platted a new town of Wood River, three miles to the east. The Railroad station, post office & Jackson’s ‘Road Ranch’ Store were placed on skids and moved to the new location.

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Road Ranches were established west of the present town site, to serve the ‘1858 tourists’… Gold seekers, emigrants on the Morman & Oregon trails.

St. Mary’s Cemetery and the District 5 School mark the original town site.