Monthly Archives: October 2014

Nebraska’s Ghosts Still Dot the Landscape

The decades-long shift from rural to urban living has left the map of Nebraska dotted with abandoned town sites. A county-by-county listing of the state’s place names and their origins, including those of many ghost towns, is found in Perkey’s … Continue reading

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Finding Nebraska’s Ghost Towns

Ghost towns evoke images of dusty streets, ramshackle buildings, and tumbleweed. Popular imagination places them in the high peaks of the Rockies or isolated in the deserts of the Great Basin and the South West. However, Nebraska has its own … Continue reading

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NSHS 136th Annual Awards Presentation

On Friday, October 17th the NSHS held its 136th Annual Members’ Meeting and Awards Presentation in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Following a brief meeting led by NSHS Board President Dee Adams, the Society honored a number of Nebraska’s prominent history makers … Continue reading

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Buffalo Bill in Politics

Many of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s exploits as a buffalo hunter, scout, and showman have been publicized in works ranging from dime novels to serious historical studies. In light of these successes it is doubtful that Buffalo Bill ever … Continue reading

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The Election of 1864 and Nebraska

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the election of 1864, one of the most momentous in American history. Abraham Lincoln’s re-election as president on November 8, 1864, virtually assured that the Civil War would continue until Union victory was … Continue reading

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Columbus Day and Nebraska’s Italian Heritage

Columbus Day, established to commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492, became a legal holiday in Nebraska in 1911. The bill creating it had been rejected by the Nebraska Legislature two years before and … Continue reading

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Spanning the Missouri: Nebraska’s Pontoon Bridges

Nebraska City’s pontoon bridge spanning the Missouri River was opened with much fanfare in August of 1888. Constructed by S. N. Stewart of Philadelphia as a toll bridge, it claimed to be the first such bridge across the Missouri River … Continue reading

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William F. Lillie’s Help for Picking Corn by Hand

Picking corn was once an unpleasant task, done by hand, for Nebraska farmers after a fall frost when the corn was ripe and dry enough. Even in territorial days, devices were on the market to lighten the labor and reduce … Continue reading

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