Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Military Buildup to Wounded Knee

More than five thousand U.S. Army officers and soldiers were mobilized in the weeks leading up to the Wounded Knee Massacre. The troops – sent to subdue “hostile” Indians on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations – totaled nearly a … Continue reading

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Taking the Plunge at Anoka

The “Hot Mineral Plunge Bath” at Anoka, Boyd County, fed by an artesian well, was constructed in 1907, just four years after the town was laid out in 1903 when the railroad built through the area. The town was named … Continue reading

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Arbor Day Ceremonies Plant New Trees at Schools

Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872 through the efforts of J. Sterling Morton and the State Board of Agriculture, The day became a legal holiday in the state in 1885 when the Legislature set aside April 22, Morton’s birthday, … Continue reading

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Steamboats Impractical in an Age of Railroads

The “Golden Age” of steamboating on the Missouri River was between 1850 and 1860. The outbreak of the Civil War retarded steamboat traffic on the lower Missouri. Although it resumed after the war, it was becoming clear by the 1880s … Continue reading

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Muddy Nebraska

The knowledge will be small consolation if you ever get stuck in the mud, but Nebraska has come a long way since pioneer times in the development of its public roads and highways. A glance through pioneer reminiscences and the … Continue reading

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Treasures from the Nebraska History Museum in Nebraska History News

For the past two years we’ve been featuring “Treasures from Nebraska Museums” in Nebraska History News, the Nebraska State Historical Society’s quarterly newsletter, and in small exhibits at the Nebraska History Museum. This project was a lot of fun, and … Continue reading

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