|Dawson Ranch & Farm|
|"A family heritage in the 21st Century."|
to the Dawson Ranch & Farm!
Thank you for giving us this opportunity to share information on our family farm. The Dawson Ranch & Farm is located sixty miles northwest of Lincoln and sixty-five miles west of Omaha on the south bank of the Platte River near Linwood, Nebraska. Homesteaded in 1869 by Rodophus Dawson and family, the Dawson Ranch & Farm has been a treasured heritage of the Dawson family. Richard B. Dawson Sr., Rodophus's great-grandson, is the current owner.
Today, the Dawson Ranch & Farm encompasses just over 2300 acres in Butler, Colfax, and Saunders Counties of Nebraska. It produces irrigated and dryland corn, soybeans, feedlot cattle, and a small amount of milo and prairie hay. It also is used for riverfront and lake recreation.
The hillside portion of the farm is on one of the Platte River bluffs, also know as "Indian Hills", which on a clear day provides a great panoramic view of the Platte River Valley as the Pawnee Indians once viewed many years ago. Duck and Skull Creeks run through the valley portion of the farm. Duck Creek is slow moving stream that has flat banks on each side and large wading pools, created from backed up waterways and shelters with undisturded wildlife. In contrast, Skull Creek is a winding deep gourge with a rapid flowing stream and is charactered by it's steep dirt-filled dikes on each bank. It's nearly empty most of the year, except when heavy rains bring rapid-flowing water and debris to flood the surrounding area.
The ranch portion includes two and a half miles of Platte River front, a small island in the Platte River ("Toe Head Island"), and a small lake ("Dawson Lake"). The ranch is ideal for hunting, fishing, and boating. Current riverfront and lake recreation lessees prefer airboats for traversing the shallow, muddy colored Platte River and hunters find it ideal for hunting waterfowl that are found along the river. Good fishing can be found along many of the jetties that have been added along the Platte River Bank to stop erosion in the past two decades. In recent years, the deer population has grown exponentially such that the need for more hunters to shoot their limit has increased.
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