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Horse Creek Treaty Marker

Native Americans Gathered for Treaty Here

In 1851, 10,000 Plains Indians representing 10 tribes met with government officials near Horse Creek to negotiate a treaty. Never in recorded history had so many gathered at one spot on the Plains. From the government’s perspective, the treaty’s purpose was to ensure safe passage for people using the Oregon Trail and to stop intertribal warfare.

As happened countless times, the government broke its part of the treaty almost immediately after it was signed. The Horse Creek Treaty Marker is 3 1/2 miles west of Morrill on Highway 26. Every July, Morrill’s Horse Creek Rendezvous commemorates the event.

For more information about Morrill, contact the Morrill Community Development Group at (308) 247-3132 or visit www.villageofmorrill.com.

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