Tag Archives: Custer County

Who Can Grow the Biggest Pumpkin?

Nothing says gardening success like a giant pumpkin. Displays of oversized tomatoes, potatoes, turnips, and other vegetables were once the central feature of state and county fairs. No such event was complete without examples of the biggest pumpkins around. The … 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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Bat and Bible

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The Nebraska Statesman: The People Behind the Picture

An iconic Solomon Butcher photograph portrays a frontier newspaper office in Broken Bow. But the story of the two men who founded the short-lived paper has not been told until now. Patricia C. Gaster writes about it in the Fall … 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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A Trick and a Treat from the Photograph Collection

Happy Halloween! Keeping with the holiday spirit, I have selected two “spooktacular” images from the NSHS Photograph Archives. The people of Sargent, Nebraska awoke on November 1, 1912 to find that tricksters had been busy the night before on Halloween.  … Continue reading

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