Monthly Archives: February 2013

Harrison Johnson’s History of Nebraska

“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 are clamoring for this, and only a few more lines and … Continue reading

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Drilling for Oil at Shelton

Nebraska’s first producing oil well was drilled in Richardson County in 1940, but prior to that date some drilling had been done in other parts of the state. One such project was at Shelton in Buffalo County. The Kearney Daily … 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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Gateway to Columbus

In 1940, Columbus, Nebraska, erected two arches along Highway 30 to welcome visitors to the city. One, shown above, stood at 23rd Street and 23rd Avenue north of town. The other stood at the north end of the viaduct near … Continue reading

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Nebraska Cigars Once a Smoker’s Delight

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 Factory, about 1910. Others have gathered to pose, including a … Continue reading

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