Townsley-Murdock Immigrant Trail Site

CITY Grand Island, NE

The Townsley-Murdock Immigrant Trail Site, located near the town of Alda has Euro American and Native American components.  The Euro American component comprises several surface and subsurface historic archeological features including trail ruts, dwellings, and sawmill. The trail ruts have good integrity. Buried features such as structure floors, and cellars and outhouses represent migration and settlement from the 1850s to 1860s. The Native American component is likey to retain subsurface scatters of bone, broken ceramic vessels, stone tools, and hearth features. Based on current research, there is a good possibility that this was a hunting ground campsite. The area has never been plowed and possesses a high degree of physical integrity.

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