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Oh, the Irony

The designer of this 1930 advertising stationery didn’t know it yet, but the expression “Thriving Thirties” was not going to catch on. Printed by the Epsten Lithographing Co. of Omaha, the stationery could be printed as standard letterhead on one … Continue reading

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Gasohol – The First Time Around

This photograph, from the MacDonald Studio of Lincoln and now in the collection of the Nebraska State Historical Society, shows cars belonging to Nebraska Governor Charles W. Bryan (left) and the Merrick County sheriff at the Earl Coryell station, Fourteenth … Continue reading

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The Ruins along Highway 2

Highway 2 through the Sandhills is one of Nebraska’s most scenic drives. Deep in the Sandhills lakes country, near the tiny town of Antioch, stand desolate, oddly-shaped concrete ruins visible from the highway—as if Antioch had once been a much … Continue reading

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Child Labor on the Farm

I am a little boy ten years old. I go to school when we have school, but we haven’t got any school now. It will begin soon. I helped to farm last spring; I plowed with three horses and helped … 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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Touring Nebraska Orchards in 1872

Well before the emergence of Arbor Day as a state holiday dedicated to tree planting, southeast Nebraska had a number of thriving orchards. In 1872 the Nebraska State Horticultural Society sponsored a summer tour of some of the most outstanding … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know What We’d Have Done Without the Indians”

  A labor shortage during World War I left western Nebraska potato farmers facing the loss of their crop. They brought in Lakota (Sioux) Indians as harvesters, beginning a tradition that lasted from 1917 through the 1950s. The story is … Continue reading

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A Cornhusker and a Man

This is a rather ordinary and worn looking artifact, isn’t it?  Some of you may know that it is a corn husking hook used in the days before mechanical corn pickers when farmers would walk through their rows and pull … Continue reading

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Pests on the Plains: The Potato Bug

With the sole exception of grasshoppers, perhaps the most hated insects to afflict the pioneer farmer were potato bugs. So prevalent were they at one time in Nebraska that one of the state’s early nicknames, the “Bug Eaters,” was said … Continue reading

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A Cow on the Roof and a Bullet in the Head

Solomon Butcher’s 1886 cow-on-the-roof photo is one of the best known and most iconic images of homesteading on the Great Plains. Butcher photographed Sylvester Rawding’s family in front of their sod house near West Union, Custer County, Nebraska. Butcher eventually … Continue reading

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