GOTHENBURG, NEBRASKA was settled by a Swedish homesteader in the 1880s and is named after Gothenburg, Sweden. These are the only two cities in the world that share that name. I suppose every town must have some unique claim to fame! Olof Bergstrom, the founder and land agent for the Union Pacific, made several return trips to Sweden to lead groups of settlers to the new world and particularly to Dawson County.
There are two restored Pony Express Stations in Gothenburg, as this was along the original route on the Platte River. Horseback riders delivered mail, newspapers, and small packages between Missouri, across the Great Plains, Rockies, and Sierra Nevadas to Sacramento, using a series of relay stations like these spaced ten to twenty miles apart. That was the distance a horse could travel at full gallop before tiring. It took 10 days to make the complete trip and was the most direct means of east–west communication before the telegraph was established. An amazing fete for both horse and rider!
The Gothenburg cemetery has some unusual wrought iron Swedish crosses marking the graves of three children of immigrants who died here. A stark reminder that life was hard in those early days.
Week 19, 1444 Miles