William Stolley Homestead and Site of Fort Independence

CITY Grand Island, NE

William Stolley was one of a small band of German immigrants who came to the central Platte Valley of Nebraska Territory in 1857. Stolley filed the first squatter’s claim in the county. He helped organize School Distrcit 1 in Hall County and served as a director for many years. He also helped organize the State Grange and promoted tree planting . in 1927 the Nebraska Legislature designated the farmstead as Stolley State Park. The homestead, near present-day Grand Island, included the Eilliam Stolley house, a one-and-one-half-story log dwelling constructed in 1858-59; the frame school buiding erected in 1869-70; and a reconstructed log house. The propery also includes the site of Fort Independence, a fortification erected by citizens during the Indian War of 1864.

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