New owners Laurie and L D. Mason stand with their tenyear-old camp dog, Duke, in front of the Meadow Park Motel & RV Park on Hwy. 385, previously owned by Ronda Blake. The Masons are transplants, most recently from Utah, and were looking for a new project when a friend mentioned the impending sale of this property. They sold their house and bought the park, packed up and moved in a matter of just a couple of weeks. There are eighteen full hookups at $35.00 per night and $15.00 for tents, along with eight motel rooms, a shower house and a laundry facility. The Masons are excited to make Bridgeport their new home and to welcome visitors to come and enjoy the great outdoors! SARAH STRAWN
The Morrill County Visitor Committee saw the fruits of their labor come to life recently, at the first of many “road signs” for weary travelers on the westward migration, at Courthouse and Jail Rock. The rocks are said to have been first recorded in 1812 by an explorer named Robert Stuart and next referred to as the “Old Castle” in 1835 by Reverend Samuel Parker. The jutted formations are located about six miles south of Bridgeport, Nebraska, west off Highway 88 on Road 81, and owned by the Nebraska State Historical Society. Thousands of wagon trains passed through the area in the mid 1800’s as they attempted to emigrate west on the punishing trail that lasted six months or more. For some, the trip was their whole lifetime; for others, the end of it.
The Joseph Pohl Memorial Scholarship is awarded yearly for Agricultural Studies. Joseph Pohl was a farmer and rancher at Bridgeport, Nebraska for 45 years, who built his agricultural business from the ground up. He believed that hard work and determination could make anything possible. He loved farming and ranching, and was a very generous man who believed in helping others achieve their goals.
On Tuesday afternoon of last week, several green thumb members of the FFA could be seen walking up and down Main Street, Bridgeport, pulling wagons full of potting soil and plants for the concrete planters in front of local businesses. Parents drove along the way with trunks full of the overflowing greenery and got their hands dirty with the potting.
Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own lives while doing so.