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What We Found

Lives Risked for a Drink of Water

"Forty miles to water, thirty miles to wood, twenty miles to hell, and I've gone there for good." Plains author Mari Sandoz quotes this inscription, left behind by a ...

Livestock Transportation

Railroad cars have been used to transport livestock since the 1830s, but until about 1860, the majority of shipments were made in conventional boxcars that had been ...

Lockwood, Belva, Visits Lincoln, 1885

The presidential election of 1884 was a memorable one. Democrat Grover Cleveland narrowly defeated Republican James G. Blaine after a scandal-filled campaign. The ...

Logging on the Niobrara

Nebraska is hardly known as a lumberman's paradise, but that didn't stop enterprising settlers from giving logging a try. B. Y. Shelley was one such hearty soul. Seeking ...

Lost on a Streetcar

"Churning about in a big tub of water at the offices of the Omaha Street Railway company, Twentieth and Harney streets, is a turtle of more than average size," said ...

Lost in the Mail: Soldiers’ Photographs from the Civil War

The spring of 1898 saw preparations well underway for the opening later that year of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha. The Omaha Daily ...

Love Letters, 1909

The tender expressions of young love typically exchanged on Valentine's Day have not always been encouraged. The Omaha Daily News on November 21, 1909, announced a ...

Lowell, the History of a Boom Town

Few Nebraska towns had such a boom history as Lowell in Kearney County. It was selected as a townsite by the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad in 1871, and its ...

Lubber, the World’s Largest Horse

"Lubber, Biggest of Horses, is Dead," said the Norfolk Press on June 9, 1927, headlining an obituary for an animal exhibited throughout Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, ...

Luring Christmas Shoppers

The Corner Grocery at 801 South 11th Street in Lincoln, Nebraska. 1904  Increased consumer demand from Thanksgiving through New Year's has always been a boon to ...

Pierce Lyden

A list of some of Nebraska's best-known movie and television stars would include not only such greats as Johnny Carson, Henry Fonda, and Robert Taylor, but the man who ...

Man-powered Paddle Boats on the Missouri

In 1824 Congress authorized a military expedition to the upper Missouri River. Its purpose was to sign peace treaties with the Indian tribes living along the river to ...

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