General George A. Custer Traveled through Furnas County in June
June 1, 1867 – General Custer, with 350 men and 20 supply
wagons left Ft. Hays, KS to search for Indians between Ft. Hays
and the Platte River in Nebraska.
June 6 – They entered into Furnas County at a spot on the
Nebraska-Kansas line south of the present town of Hendley and
one mile east.
They traveled northwest about one mile to find a place to
cross the “Stealing Horse Creek” (Sappa Creek). This crossing is
straight south of Hendley.
They proceeded northwesterly to the “White Rock Creek”
(Beaver Creek), at a spot about two miles west of Hendley.
Here they found an Indian Trail indicating about 15 Indians
going east but they didn’t follow it as the trail was several
They forded the creek and proceeded northwesterly to within
two miles of the Republican River and camped there over night.
June 7 – They continued a northwesterly route to the east
side of Medicine Creek and followed it north going out of Furnas
County the same day.
They traveled on to Ft. McPherson on the Platte River, then
traveled back to Kansas in a southwesterly direction and then
into eastern Colorado.
July 12 – They returned back to Ft. Wallace, located on the
south fork of the Smokey Hill River in western Kansas.
They had several skirmishes with Indians, but nothing of
great importance was really accomplished.
June 5, 1967 – As part of Nebraska’s Centennial Celebration,
almost 100 years to the day from Custer’s crossing of the Beaver
Creek, a wagon train composed of 5 wagons and some 40 people
under the leadership of Wagon-master, Lyle Hutchens of Hendley,
started out from the Hutchens farm near Hendley and crossed the
Beaver Creek at almost the exact crossing location taken by
General Custer in 1867.