Monthly Archives: February 2013

Harrison Johnson’s History of Nebraska

Gage County Courthouse, Beatrice. From Johnson’s History of Nebraska (Omaha, 1880) “Our work is done,” wrote Harrison Johnson (1822-1885) as he concluded his History of Nebraska, published in 1880. “The volume is completed, and only awaits the Introduction. The printers … Continue reading

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Drilling for Oil at Shelton

Solomon D. Butcher photographed the Morris oil derrick at Shelton, Buffalo County, in 1910. NSHS RG2608-2413 (right). Nebraska’s first producing oil well was drilled in Richardson County in 1940, but prior to that date some drilling had been done in … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Unlikely Landscapes

A rocky outcrop is covered with small round cacti. Wide dusty badlands look like a backdrop for a Wild West movie. High rocky bluffs make the landscape below look miniature. It may come as a surprise to many (even Nebraskans!) … Continue reading

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Lincoln and Washington Counties Named for U.S. Presidents

The contemporary celebration of Presidents’ Day brings to mind the two Nebraska counties named for the two presidents, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, whose birthdays are commemorated in February. The older of the two, Washington County, is located in eastern … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

When your name is easily used in puns and songs, the novelty wears off quickly. But instead settling for cheap laughs, one Nebraska town has turned a notable name into international recognition and thousands of letters. In the Spring 2013 … Continue reading

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Nebraska Cigars Once a Smoker’s Delight

Ross & Bryson Cigar Factory, Lincoln. NSHS RG2158-PH9-16 (above). The photograph above, from the collections of the Nebraska State Historical Society, depicts employees of a Lincoln establishment, identified by a sign over the awning as the Ross & Bryson Cigar … Continue reading

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