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Great Independent: The Lincoln Telephone company, 1903-1908

The Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Company began life competing with the much bigger Bell system, but was able to replace it over time. Read more about how it found its ...

Government and Banking in Territorial Nebraska

Banking was one of the earliest businesses established in Nebraska Territory, as well as one of the most controversial, yet little effort has been made to investigate ...

Colonel John Miller Stotsenburg: Man of Valor

Some men live long and accomplish little. Others, cut down in their prime, accomplish much. Such a man was John Miller Stotsenburg. He and General John Joseph Pershing ...

Rock Creek Ranch Fight: An Introduction

On July 12, 1861, at Rock Creek Ranch on the Oregon Trail, in what is now Jefferson County, Nebraska, occurred an affray in which three men were killed. The ...

Territorial Omaha as a Staging and Freighting Center

The area designated by Congress in 1854 as the Nebraska Territory was organized in part to clear the way for the eventual passage of a transcontinental railroad ...

The Patronage Battle Between Bryan and Hitchcock

Soon after William Jennings Bryan 's arrival in Nebraska from Illinois in the fall of 1887, his attacks upon the purveyors of patronage and the pampered monopolies and ...

A Reflective View by George W. Norris

Defeated in the 1942 election for a sixth term in the United States Senate, George W. Norris, by the provisions of the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution for which ...

Water, A Frontier Problem

The gradual decrease in average yearly rainfall from east to west in Nebraska was reflected in the difficulty of securing water for domestic use.  The first ...

The Making of a Senator: The Early Life of Hugh Butler

Senator Hugh Alfred Butler was one of Nebraska's most well-known, but least understood politicians. The voters of Nebraska who elected Butler to the United States Senate ...

Covington, Nebraska’s Sinful City

Most Nebraskans don't realize the town of Covington ever existed, much less that in the late 1800s it was considered one of the "three wickedest places in the ...

NH Spring Issue 19

These efforts crystallized in two initiatives. One was the Migrant Action Program, which assisted in the creation of the Nebraska Association of Farm ...

Marker Monday: Coffee Siding

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past.  Today, we're focusing on an important shipping point for ...

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