Bertrand – naming a town after a ship that sank nearby possibly caused this town to also be doomed. Okay, not really. But I do think that it is an interesting coincidence. What else is interesting? For six years, there were actually two Bertrands in Nebraska. The other one is located in Phelps County – several of my relatives live there. If that was still the case today, the zip code would be rather crucial.
Golden Spring. Named for a spectacular spring. Dropped the spring and became Golden. That did not help the town to celebrate a golden anniversary as it still disappeared. Evidently this also was an important stage coach line stop.
This county was a big train route with stations for the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad line. Former towns on the line include Conkling, Ouren, Spur, Zion.
Current Burt County Towns
Decautur. Named for Stephen, the man with the plan for a ferry that linked this part of the state to Iowa. Although this town has lasted, the location has actually changed due to frequent flooding.
Tekamah. Founded by Colonel Benjamin R. Folsom and eight companies from Utica, New York. Possibly also named for a county in California. Located on an old Indian camping ground.
Map Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Visiting Burt County Today …
This county known for its murals – several can be seen in the on buildings and also the Burt County Courthouse has a patriotic mural on the 2nd floor.