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What We Found

White Buffalo Girl

A stone in the Laurel Hill Cemetery at Neligh, Nebraska, reads: "White Buffalo Girl, Daughter of Black Elk and Moon Hawk of Ponca Tribe, Died May 23, 1877, enroute from ...

Edward A. Whitcomb

Edward A. Whitcomb (1843-1924) was a man of many occupations: soldier, farmer, apiarist, businessman, editor, legislator, and postmaster. His fifty-year career in ...

Whitmore, Howard J.

Howard J. Whitmore, whose legal career in Nebraska began in the early 1880s, was in 1937 president of the Lancaster County Bar Association. On May 29 of that year his ...

The Wild West in 1902

In an age of great showmen and traveling entertainers, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody's Wild West eventually became a moving extravaganza, including not only cowboys and ...

The Wild, Wild West

The wild and wooly American West has been fodder for stories, dime novels, comic books, motion pictures, and television programs. Many fictionalized accounts exaggerate ...

Wildcat Banks

The wildcat notes issued by some Nebraska territorial banks caused considerable financial instability. The bills had insufficient backing and in some instances, no ...

Will Pigs Help Win the War?

After the United States entered World War I in April of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Herbert Hoover head of the U.S. Food Administration. Hoover believed ...

Will the Governor Run?

While many candidates have announced their intentions to stand for election in 1990, Nebraska's governor has remained mum on the subject. Governor Kay Orr's insistence ...

Wind Wagon of the 1890s

Using the wind as a source of power, including locomotive power, is hardly new. "Wind wagon" stories intermittently appear in the history of the Great Plains, especially ...

Windmills

Nebraska's homemade windmills, according to historian Walter Prescott Webb, illustrate "one of the most interesting developments of the windmill that I know of ...

Winter

Nebraska winters and winter weather have furnished ample material for reminiscences by Nebraskans. Territorial settler Clarke Irvine recalled in an account published by ...

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