|Oregon Trail Marker near|
where I grew up and
the Kiowa Station Emery Station
Oak's Oregon Trail Days is a celebration for the town, but also a way to remember the significance the Oregon Trail and westward expansion had on the growth and development of Nuckolls County, Nebraska. The citizens of Oak also commemorate a series of attacks by Native Americans that took place on August 7, 1864 that killed many of these settlers and drove many more of them back east. The Nebraska Historical Society has a short blurb on their website about these raids: 1864 Indian Raids
|1967 Reenactment at |
The interesting aspect of this celebration is the tradition of putting together these reenactment raids that have been taking place since 1967. In 1967 my father and uncle participated in one of these reenactments playing the role of Native Americans attacking a stage coach near the Kiowa Station. Many families have been responsible for organizing and staging these reenactments passing these historical skits down to each new generation.
|Reenactment of raid near The Little Blue Station|
|Family Homestead in 1903 and Now|
If you are interested in learning more about these raids that took place in 1864, here are some resources that were published with interviews and testimonials from those settlers that experienced these raids.
Nebraska History and Record of Pioneer Days Google Book
A Frontier Life by Charles Wesley Wells
The Invasion of America Map: A map that looks at how westward expansion impacted the Native Americans on the Great Plains.
Indians of North America: Selected Resources from the Library of Congress
We Shall Remain: PBS Documentary for American Experience.
Video of Reenactment July 26, 2014 of the Abduction of Laura Roper, Mrs. Eubanks, and Mrs. Eubanks two children
Video of Reenactment July 26, 2014 of the Massacre at the Oak Grove Ranch