The Deadhorse community southwest of Chadron are celebrating family, freedom, rural life, agriculture, pride in America, and their heritage this year.
During the Nebraska Quicentenial, families and friends who grew up in the Deadhorse community are celebrating other milestones in history. The Rose Hill Club, once an Extension education club, celebrates 105 years in existence with members all living at one time or currently in the Deadhorse community.
The members of the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club are celebrating 60 years of education, supporting and valuing the importance of “Making the Best Better,” leadership and service. One of the annual events sponsored by the club is the Flag Butte Flag Raising each July 4, a tradition that’s lasted 55 years. The event is open to the public and supported by the Rose Hill Club members, the community at large and the American Legion Honor Guard.
Another group of people from the Deadhorse area formed the Flag Butte Corporation May 20, 1977, to preserve the Flag Butte School as a gathering place each year for events and celebrations. The corporation marks its 40th year this year, and on Sept. 16, members of the corporation and community will hold a potluck at 5:30 p.m. at the Flag Butte School to open the time capsule buried 30 years ago.
Each of these clubs, events or groups exist because of individuals who cared for and about the importance of freedoms existing in America – family, rural life, agriculture, service and building leaders for tomorrow. The Rural way of life of those who live in the Deadhorse community continues because of the dedicated and proud Americans who wish to continue a legacy from the past and build a future for generations to come.