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C. A. Sorensen and the Downfall of Omaha Crime Boss Tom Dennison

A crime boss by the name of Tom Dennison dominated Omaha for the first three decades of the twentieth century—until he crossed paths with Attorney General C. A. ...

The Nebraska Highway Archeology Program—Rescuing Important Historical Information in the Path of Road Building Since 1959

What does archaeology have to do with highways? Are we digging up ruins of hold highways? Why would anyone do that? Highway archaeology is about identifying important ...

Archeology of the Sedentary Siouan Tribes in Nebraska

While Nebraska is known for its remarkable record of Pawnee archeology, the state also is home to an important archeological record of tribes known collectively as ...

Made in Nebraska: Vineyards

(Published April 1, 2003) A recent boom in Nebraska vineyards harkens back to an earlier time when grape vines were plentiful. In 1879 there were 84,000 vines ...

New Washington in Nebraska

Moses H. Sydenham (1835-1907) had a long and eventful life as a freighter, newspaperman, postmaster and storekeeper at Fort Kearny, and settler in the Platte valley. In ...

1,733 Miles from Where? Kearney, Nebraska’s 1733 Identity

By David L. Bristow, Editor Kearney has long promoted itself as the “Midway City” located halfway between the coasts, exactly 1,733 miles from both Boston and San ...

J. Sterling Morton creates Arbor Day

Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872, when the State Board of Agriculture adopted J. Sterling Morton's resolution that April 10 of that year be set aside for tree ...

The Birth of the South Omaha Stockyards

In one decade, the South Omaha stockyards went from a single farm to a major meat center. The 1880s were a time of explosive growth for South Omaha, yet surprisingly few ...

Husker football allowed only one radio broadcast per season in the 1930s

  By David L. Bristow, Editor Why did the University of Nebraska broadcast only one Cornhusker football game a year? It was about money. In September ...

Marker Monday: Lincoln’s Founding Block

Marker Text The Territorial Legislature at Omaha drew the boundaries of Lancaster County in 1855. Settlers first arrived in 1856 and a county government was ...

Throwback Thursday Photo, Kearney Cotton Mill

Take a peek inside the Kearney Cotton Mill in today’s Throwback Thursday Photograph. Construction on the Mill started in 1890 by the Cumnock brothers (A. G., John, J. ...

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