When is a Creek a Slough?

May 10, 2011 at 12:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I’ve long wondered how Beal Slough got its name. Both parts of the name are a mystery to me. Who (or what) was Beal? And why “slough”, as opposed to creek or stream?

I still haven’t figured out the Beal part. There are a couple Beals out there in Lancaster County’s history but it’s not clear if any of them lent their name to the Slough. I’m sure the answer is out there but I have yet to stumble across it. Perhaps one of my research-oriented readers can take on the task.

As for its designation as a slough, that seems to be an oddity. The word slough can refer to a small creek, but it doesn’t seem to be very common. Actually, “slough” is used for different types of water features in different parts of the country. The word can refer to a marsh, a swamp, a portion of a river delta, an alkaline pond, or just a regular ol’ stream.

So that wasn’t too exciting. What about Dead Man’s Run? Surely there’s a great story there. Unfortunately my google-fu turns up nothing. I figure Jim McKee has answered the question somewhere, but I came up with nothing. If he hasn’t already covered the topic, perhaps one of his upcoming columns can discuss the history of Lincoln’s waterways.

Anyway, do any of you have any idea who Beal is or who died at Dead Man’s Run?

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joe blow May 10, 2011 at 11:17pm

Dead Man’s Run was named after someone (or a couple of people) found a dead body. When they alerted authorities the body disappeared. Therefore the dead man ran.

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