A building in early-day Node, possibly the post office, believed to be in 1916, and signed by C. C. Dehoff, who had an auto livery in Node with a "car for hire."
Fourth of July Celebration, 1916, in downtown Node.
Last updated: January 5, 2012
Niobrara Historical Brevity
July 1, 1986
From "Niobrara Historical Brevity" published by the
Niobrara Historical Society, in observance of the Lusk Centennial 1886-1986
Node, Wyoming is located nine miles east of Lusk on Highway 20. When Node first became a town is somewhat of a question. July 1919 was the date of the first post office. The first postmaster was Peter Hansen, his homestead house being his place of business. The post office was later moved to the C. C. DeHoff store. Mr. DeHoff became the postmaster in 1913 and remained until 1922.
Several stores came into being to service the homesteaders and the Tom Bell ranch. The Bell Ranch was probably the largest ranch around at that time. The brand which was a knot was where the name Node (which meant knot) came from.
Around 1915 there were several stores including the DeHoff grocery, Burnaugh grocery, the Stuart Lumber Company, a caf? and a pool hall, the Lutheran Church which is now the Lutheran Church of Lusk, the Congregational Church which is now the building that was the Node school house for many years. It is still used for a community building and for Sunday school. A. A. McCoy bought the store and became postmaster in 1922 and was there until 1945. At that time it was taken over by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schulte. The post office and store changed hands again to Pete and Mary German in 1956. Mary is still postmaster in 1986.
In 1915 a tornado came through Node and killed a child and injured another one.
At the time that Carl Bruch came in 1910, there was even a bar in the town of Node. As to the population - there were around 50 people.
Carl Bruch tells of unloading a new tractor that was shipped in on the railroad. This was in 1918. A lot of building material and oilfield equipment was hauled in at this time because of the Lance Creek oil boom.
There was a railroad storage at Node for coal, salt and feed. Also a good sized stock yard and a chute for loading livestock.
The Node Cemetery is located about a mile south of Node on land given by Herbert Sabin.
In 1986 Node has a population of three.
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