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United States 1982 issue, Scott's cat. # U602 used stamped envelope cut square, Canceled: Big Springs NE, Population: 400 This stamp is in good condition, free of defects and has nice wide margins.
Big Springs, Deuel County, Nebraska, United States (located in west-central Nebraska)
Big Springs is a village in Deuel County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 400 at the 2010 census.
Big Springs was platted in 1884 when the railroad was extended to that point. It was named from the stream that runs through town. The Big Springs post office, established in 1884, was officially called Bigspring until 1943. The village of Big Springs was incorporated in 1917.
Big Springs, is located 10 miles east of the Nebraska-Colorado border. It is a small community of Four hundred of the friendliest people in western Nebraska. The town was named after a spring that provided early Indian tribes with fresh water. In time, the stream became a water source for steam engines of the Union Pacific rail line.
Big Springs was founded in 1884 through grants designated by the Union Pacific Railroad to provide a haven for the men who were tirelessly pounding steel and laying ties for the railroad line. The railroad was a major player in settling the western frontier.
Originally, Big Springs consisted of the Phelps Hotel and a few other buildings that provided the barest necessities for rail line workers. Edwin Phelps, a Union Pacific bridge engineer, and his wife Sarah were among the first to arrive in the new village. Seeing the workers' need for housing, they built the historic Phelps Hotel in 1885. With the development of more convenient, reliable transportation, many pioneer families began arriving and would spend their first few weeks at the hotel. With high hopes, they began to break ground and build soddies. Faced with the many dangers of life on the plains--failed crops, severe winter blizzards and the scorching summer sun--they persevered. In time, a thriving community was established in the South Platte river valley and adjoining table lands. By the end of the century, Big Springs was bustling with activity. The town continued to grow and prosper, becoming an incorporated village on May 15, 1917.
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