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Guide Rock is a village in Webster County, Nebraska, near the Nebraska-Kansas state line. Settled around 1870, Guide Rock was platted in 1873, and named for a hill on the opposite bank of the Republican River that was used by trappers and the Pawnees as a guide while crossing the prairie. Guide Rock is the only town in America carrying that name. The first settlement at Guide Rock was the Rankin Colony, that selected a tract of land along the river in 1870, but only Emanuel Peters and Donald McCallum remained permanently. The town was surveyed and platted by McCallum, then moved to accommodate the railroad. Guide Rock was incorporated as a village in 1883. Guide Rock is east of Red Cloud, the county seat, and shares much with its neighboring community. Superior is to the southeast of Guide Rock.



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