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When G.H. Hollenberg closed his store in Marshall County and moved west to start a ranch near Cottonwood Creek, he knew what he was doing. The site he selected was near the Oregon Trail; the building he erected about 1857-58 served not only as his home but also as a store, tavern, stage station for the Overland Express and finally a station for the Pony Express.
The enterprise flourished, providing food, clothing, animal feed, supplies, repairs, blacksmith services and fresh horses and oxen for the passing wagon trains. The community that developed around the ranch was mainly settled by German immigrants, who named the town after Hollenberg's home in the fatherland.
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