LOCATION

Waypoint






















Well incident
marker







Niobrara Bridge






River Place
track








Resume Trail
Stage
mileage

0.4






















0.1








0.9






0.1
Total
mileage

40.0






















40.1








41.0






41.1









41.1
INSTRUCTIONS & COMMENTARY

Less than half a mile further on the road crosses 451 Trl. This is probably the old army trail to and from Fort Robinson – and of course Old Jules had good reason to be thankful for it.


Close by the crossing-point is a long shallow depression. It is tempting to think that this may be the remains of the irrigation ditch that sucked in so much effort and so many resources in later years. Jules scorned the endeavour.


You’re now only 150 yards or so from the stone plaque that marks the site of the well incident, where Old Jules was dropped to the bottom of a well by the foolishness of his partners Tissot and Nicolet. It was his good fortune that a group of soldiers were travelling this way as he lay, crippled and probably dying, some weeks later.



Turn left now onto 448 Trl and you will find the bridge over the Niobrara just short of a mile away.






Cross the bridge and continue 150 yards.






The onward trail is directly in front of you, but to visit the river place go left on foot or open the gate and drive in.
Jules first moved from Mirage Flats to the house built by Henriette, his second wife, on the north bank of the river. To the south – on the land you are now entering - was his neighbour and enemy, Freese.


Go ahead, between the two black tires ......

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