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Hoot Gibson

The career of Edmund Richard "Hoot" Gibson (1892-1962), the cowboy film star, spanned the silent and sound era of motion pictures. Sometimes called the "Dean of Cowboy ...

Cost of Living, 1874

The Beatrice Express on January 22, 1874, published a brief article on the cost of living in Beatrice for the benefit of those seeking new homes in the West. ...

Cost of Living

To many people in Nebraska the most important problem after the close of World War I was the rising cost of living. Persons on fixed incomes, such as public employees, ...

County and State Fairs

In 1889 Chase County farmer C. L. Brainard, Sr., earned top honors at the first Chase County Fair and then at the Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln. Brainard, who also ...

Covington, Columbus, and Black Hills Railroad

After the discovery of gold in the Black Hills, a rush occurred from Sioux City toward the northwest, leading some Sioux City capitalists to propose a rail line over ...

Council with the Otoes, 1844

The language barrier was a fundamental problem affecting negotiations between Indian tribes and the U.S. government. A good example is a council between U.S. Dragoons ...


Cowboys first appeared in Nebraska on cattle drives from Texas, accompanying the vast herds to northern railheads such as Schuyler and Ogallala beginning in the 1860s. ...

Cox, Samuel D.

Newspaperman, author, and irrigation booster Samuel D. Cox had years of achievement behind him at the time of his sudden death on December 29, 1906. Raised in Humboldt, ...


The Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad line reached Fort Robinson on May 11, 1886. The town of Crawford, platted just east of the military reservation, was ...

Crawford, Emmet

Captain Emmet Crawford was killed in Mexico on January 18, 1886, after his command of Third U.S. Cavalry had chased Apache Indian raiders across the border and was ...

Edward A. Creighton

Edward A. Creighton, one of the most successful businessmen of Irish ancestry to settle in Nebraska, came to Omaha in 1857. The Ohio native had been a farmer, freighter, ...


The Mid-West Hotel Reporter of Omaha on February 11, 1921, included an interview with W. C. Brown. "Brown has lived most of the time for the past forty years in ...

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