There are a number of different stories to explain how Pawnee Rock got its name. Some weave a tale about Kit Carson mistakenly shooting his mule because he thought it was a Pawnee Indian, while others point out it was sacred ground for the Pawnee tribe. Regardless of how Pawnee Rock came about its name, the city has garnered a rich history. It was a major military outlook post, helped fuel the railroad, and was even a robust quarry for some time.
A few different perspectives on the history of Pawnee Rock
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