Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state’s past. Today we focus on Victor Colson’s homestead in Oakland, Nebraska. Colson and his family are said to have broken the first sod in Oakland in 1867.
1239-1247 County Road 11, Oakland, Burt County, Nebraska
View this marker’s location 41. 851215, -96.46325
In the summer of 1866 John Oak (namesake of Oakland) assisted Swedish immigrant families to take up homesteads here in the Logan Creek Valley. Among the first settlers were Victor Colson and his family. He is said to have broken the first sod in Oakland Precinct in 1867. The miniature stone house and well indicate the site of Colson’s original sod house and are made from the original foundation stones of the 14 by 24-foot frame house, built about 1875.