Ellsworth, Nebraska is another community along Nebraska Highway 2 that owes its existence to the building of the railroad. The town was created from the Spade Ranch Company store which was built at the cattle shipping point used by the Spade Ranch. The area has a storied past that still lives on today. The Nebraska Cattlemen's Association started out as the Nebraska Stockgrowers Association and held its first meeting in the Spade Ranch Company store. The Spade Ranch Company Store was renamed the Morgan Store after it was purchased by a former Spade Ranch cowboy and famous rodeo champion, Veldon Morgan, in 1971. Morgans Cowpoke Haven is currently run by Wade Morgan, son of the legendary Veldon Morgan. The store was listed on the National Register of historic places in 2010. A western tack and saddle company employing over 200 workers once flourished here and provided goods to Cabelas. The workshop closed in 2000. The store is a community hub and provides everything from horse tack and guns to biker gear. You can get a sandwich and a cup of coffee and probably a good story or two.
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