July 2018

Sugar Palace

Nebraska's sugar beet production began in Grand Island in 1890. To commemorate the birth of a new industry, they threw a party and erected the Grand Island Sugar Palace.

Sidney, 1877

Sidney, Nebraska was prosperous enough when it was laid out in 1867. But one gold was discovered in the Black Hills, hundreds of people descended on the town, bringing prosperity and more than a little chaos.

Seeing the Elephant

Diaries and letters from the Gold Rush year of 1849 often include references to "the elephant" or to "seeing the elephant," which refer not to a flesh-and-blood animal, but to an imaginary beast symbolizing the journey to California. Merrill Mattes's Great Platte River Road (1969, 1979) explains the elephant as

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