Nelson resident led group that picked highway route in 1924


February 16, 2023

J.E. Portwood, of Nelson, was president of the Kansas, Nebraska and Dakota Association (K-N-D). The association selected the route for the K-N-D Highway, which was later renamed Highway 14. Highway 14 carries traffic from the Dakotas through Nebraska into Texas. The streets of downtown Nelson were wet Tuesday morning. Heavy fog blanketed the area and overnight temperatures were moderate. If the National Weather Forecast is correct, this scene will look totally different by the time many local readers receive this newspaper. Four to six inches of snow with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour are predicted.

On May 29, 1924, the Kansas, Nebraska and Dakota Highway Association (K-N-D) selected the highway's route through Nebraska. The route was to be nicknamed The Fisherman's Highway. 

The highway traversed the state beginning on the Kansas stateline nearly one mile west of where Highway 14 now enters Nebraska to the southwest of Superior. It entered Superior on Second Street. At Bloom Street it turned north and followed Bloom and Idaho streets north out of town. 

The highway would continue north through the county seat towns of Nelson, Clay Center, Aurora, Central City, Fullerton, Albion...

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