- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BLUE SPRINGS, Neb. (AP) - Gage County is celebrating the recent addition of a 160-year-old local landmark to the National Register of Historic Places.

A ceremony was held Saturday as part of the annual Blue Springs Celebration to commemorate the national recognition of the city’s Johnson Cabin Museum. The event featured guest speaker Ruben Acosta, the Nebraska State Historical Society Register Coordinator, who said his office had to use a different approach to get the cabin added to the registry.

“This was actually one of the more fun projects I got to work on because we were really pushing the envelope with this building,” he said. “When (Blue Springs officials) first approached our office about listing this cabin, the idea was to get it listed because it was an early pioneer cabin from the 1850s, one of the few surviving structures left.”

Although history buffs wanted the structure to be recognized as one of the state’s oldest cabins, the plan hit a snag because the cabin no longer sits in its original location, the Beatrice Daily Sun (https://bit.ly/1NqBNfx ) reported.

“We started out trying to get it submitted as a historical cabin, but it didn’t fit the criteria because it had been moved,” said Jan Morris, a Blue Springs native and history enthusiast. “Ruben Acosta saw the criteria for a mid-century museum. It’s very exciting. We’ve been working since November.”

The Rev. James Johnson built the cabin about a mile north of Blue Springs after he arrived in Gage County in 1855. The cabin was moved to Blue Springs Park in 1949, and shortly thereafter was converted into a museum, displaying historical photographs and artifacts from more than a century ago.

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Information from: Beatrice Sun, https://www.beatricedailysun.com


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