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Timeline Tuesday: The Bachelors’ Protective Union of Kearney

When the Bachelors’ Protective Union gave a gala reception for two of its newly married, former members and their brides in March of 1890, the social club for young, single business and professional men was already well known in Kearney. … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: A Fortune in Spain – Maybe

Modern attempts to defraud the unwary via the internet by offering cash rewards in exchange for helping someone recover funds (with the helper required to make an upfront payment for “minor expenses” or to prove good faith) are nothing new. … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: Celery Growing in Nebraska

Nebraska farmers have often experimented with new crops in their endeavor to obtain wealth from the land. The Kearney Daily Hub, on May 16, 1901, reported on the prospects of a promising new crop: celery. “The celery industry in Kearney … Continue reading

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1,733 Miles from Where? Kearney, Nebraska’s 1733 Identity

Kearney has long promoted itself as the “Midway City” located halfway between the coasts, exactly 1,733 miles from both Boston and San Francisco. That mileage, however, long appeared to match no known historical route—until now. An article in the Summer … Continue reading

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Moving the Nebraska State Penitentiary

“The romance about the contemplated removal of the state penitentiary from Lincoln to Kearney is becoming interesting,” said the Kearney Hub on May 16, 1892. “At first it had the appearance of a joke. Now the newspapers have progressed so … Continue reading

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Sliding to Safety

A student or teacher slides down what appears to be a flexible fire escape outside York’s Central School during a fire drill, February 10, 1910. NSHS RG2856-9-62 (above). As Nebraska communities built large, multi-story schools in the late nineteenth century, … Continue reading

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A Birdman at the Fair

Charles F. Walsh and his plane at Chadron, September 13, 1911. NSHS RG3340.PH3-49 The star attraction of the 1911 Dawes County Fair in Chadron, held September 12-15, was the twice-daily exhibition flights by barnstormer Charles F. Walsh (1877-1912)., a native … Continue reading

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Cherry Day at the Watson Ranch

In 1888, H. D. Watson established the historic Watson Ranch, at one time containing 8,000 acres, reaching from the fertile Platte Valley on the south to the rolling hills on the north and from downtown Kearney to a point five … Continue reading

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The Dandelion Rake

“Kearney has it and has it bad,” said the Kearney Daily Hub on May 14, 1902. “The dandelion is taking the town, literally overrunning it from end to end, covering lawns and terraces, and furnishing ‘greens’ enough to supply the … Continue reading

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The Bachelors’ Protective Union of Kearney

Solomon D. Butcher depicted the cigar stand inside Kearney’s Midway Hotel, which hosted many social events sponsored by the Bachelors’ Protective Union. NSHS RG2608-2628 When the Bachelors’ Protective Union gave a gala reception for two of its newly married (former) … Continue reading

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