Tag Archives: Broken Bow

A Nebraska Land Lottery

The desire to own land and the availability of cheap land were important factors in the settlement of the West. U.S. government land laws in Nebraska between 1854 and 1904 moved much of the public domain into private ownership. Two … Continue reading

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Which Baby is the Best?

The photograph above, from the Solomon D. Butcher Collection at the Nebraska State Historical Society, depicts a group of babies and young children in Broken Bow in 1903. Although the event at which they appeared is not identified, it was … Continue reading

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E. R. Purcell Remembers Newspaper Career in Custer County

“I have recently rounded out fifty years of newspaper work in Custer County,” wrote Emerson R. Purcell in late 1942, shortly after the publication of the golden anniversary edition of his Custer County Chief of Broken Bow. In reminiscences on … Continue reading

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