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Weeping Water Graveyard

Weeping Water Graveyard



The History:

There is an Indian tradition that claims that somewhere near the source of the river, there was once a powerful, but peaceful tribe, governed by sound laws, and a mild tempered chief. The chief’s daughter was the most beautiful maiden in the land. As such, she was much desired by another Indian chief of another tribe and was thus kidnapped by him. A fight ensued and all of the warriors, and everyone except the women and children, and the old and infirm, took flight to try to retrieve the kidnapped woman. All of the men were killed and when the women and children, the old and infirm went out to look for their husbands, brothers, and fathers, they found them all dead. Their weeping created a stream, the Nehawka or weeping water.

Lewis and Clark are likely the first people to have crossed through Cass County on their journey westward in 1804.

On March 15 and March 16, 1854, President Franklin Pierce made treaties with the Omaha Indians and the Otoes respectively, who were living the region of Cass County. Somewhere around 250 men waited across the river to claim land along the Platte River in Cass County and when the treaties were made, these men penciled their names in and staked their claims.

There was a limit of 160 acres of land that could be claimed in Cass County, but the government had not had time to put laws into place to protect initial stakeholders. A secret society of sorts sprung up to protect stakeholders. This society was known as the "Claim Club" and it protected landholders from "claim jumpers" who might try to steal land. The "Claim Club" was righteous in so far as it protected its members in a similar manner as the law would have, but it also entitled club members to an additional 160 acres (320 acres total), which was against the U.S. government’s approval. Non-Claim Club members were not given protection from claim jumpers AND the land available in the area became scarce rather quickly because of the Claim Club.People violating the rules of the Claim Club were dealt with summarily.

The Haunting:

The Shadowlands report is as follows:

"If you go there at night you can see people rising from graves and if they see you they might come after you."

Observations:

Cemeteries are fertile sites for paranormal activity because often the etheric shell will linger near it’s decaying mortal remains. However, I’m thinking that people rising from graves to give chase may be a bit overdramatized. Perhaps there are shadow people or the like that frequent the Weeping Water graveyard. According to the history of the region, the Omaha and the Otoe Indians once lived in the region of Weeping Water. Indeed, it’s location near the river would make it a good choice to settle down. The Weeping Water Graveyard would likely produce some paranormal activity because it is a cemetery, but I have my doubts that the events would be quite so obvious or dramatic as those described at Shadowlands.

Resources:

Shadowlands Haunted Places Index

http://www.kancoll.org/books/andreas_ne/cass/cass-p1.html

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Weeping Water, NE Nebraska 68463, USA

Weeping Water, NE Nebraska 68463, USA




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