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Shelton Farm Girl Remembers the WWII North Platte Canteen

By Kylie Kinley, Assistant Editor The North Platte Canteen served over six million World War II service men and women traveling on the Union Pacific railroad between ...

Actor Robert Taylor testifies before House Committee on Un-American Activities, 1947

Born in Filley, Nebraska, Robert Taylor became one of Hollywood's biggest stars. In 1947 he testified before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about purposed ...

The Christmas Wagon Comes to Fort Robinson, 1882

Martin Weber never forgot the year he traveled through a blizzard to bring Christmas packages to Fort Robinson. In 1934 the old soldier described his 1882 adventure ...

Nebraska’s First Jewish Newspaper

By Breanna Fanta, Editorial Assistant (2021) “Newspapers are said to be the first draft of history.” A short-lived twentieth-century newspaper now provides ...

Marker Monday: Burlington Depot

Marker Text Built in 1897, the main section of Red Cloud’s Burlington Depot contained sleeping quarters on the second floor, and freight room, agent’s office, and ...

Marker Monday: Historic Kearney

Marker Text In 1847 Brigham Young led the first migration over the Morman Trail along the north bank of the Platte River, and in 1866 the Union Pacific Railroad ...

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