Scarbrough Hill named after early Jewell City settler


March 23, 2023

Beth Burnham Chambers, Bette Kent Willmeth and Betty Collie James are sitting on the edge of the overflow-spillway of the Jewell County Pond. The view is looking to the north. The photo is from the collection of Linda Hutchcraft Woerner.

The story is told that Billy Street, in the early days of the settlement at Jewell, walked west and climbed Scarbrough Hill. To the north, south and west, a vast herd of buffalo was all he could see. The hill may or may not have been called "Scarbrough" when Street made his climb, but if not, it soon would be.

The big hill west of Jewell was named for early Jewell City settler, James A. Scarbrough. His mother, Sarah McGamey Scarbrough homesteaded on the southwestern slope of the hill. James, who came to Jewell County in 1870, built a home on the southern point of the hill in 1872. The house, w...

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