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Roller Skating Once a Popular Adult Pastime

A wave of popular enthusiasm followed the invention of the modern roller skate in 1863 by James L. Plimpton of Massachusetts. Lincoln had a roller skating rink by 1877, and the 1880s saw the crest of several roller skating booms. … Continue reading

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The Flying Newsboy Takes to the Air

If you’ve read Vince Goeres’s new book, Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photos, published by Nebraska State Historical Society Books, you know that in 1929 the McCook Daily Gazette became the nation’s first newspaper to begin regular delivery by airplane. … Continue reading

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Republican River Flood, Part 2: Rescue in McCook

As promised in the May 25 post, “Republican River Flood – 75th Anniversary,” here is the story of how forty men were trapped on the roof of the power plant in McCook. A narrative by plant worker Louis B. Wolf … Continue reading

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Republican River Flood – 75th Anniversary

On May 30, 1935, torrential rains fell in eastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska; by early morning of the 31st, the usually peaceful Republican River was running bluff-to-bluff along its upper reaches. When the waters subsided two days later, over 100 … Continue reading

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