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Marker Monday: Swan City

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past. Today we focus on Swan City, the first town and county seat in ...

Marker Monday: Susan O. Hail Grave

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past. Today we focus on the story behind the unusually masterful ...

Marker Monday: Post South Loup Fork Fort Banishment

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past. Today we focus on a frontier fort with an unfortunate nickname: ...

Marker Monday: Axtell, Nebraska

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past. This week we're focusing on the village of Axtell, the ...

How to Cross the Platte River at Fort Kearny, 1866

How difficult was it to cross the Platte River without a bridge? This 1866 map gives you some idea. The river was notorious for its braided channel and patches of ...

Investigating a 1910 Scottsbluff Panorama

Here's a panoramic view of Scottsbluff from about 1910. It's too wide for this blog, so we've broken it into pieces below. Scottsbluff is one of the younger cities in ...

Nebraska’s Unique Contribution To The Entertainment World

The election of William F. Cody in August 1967, to the Nebraska Hall of Fame indicated a popular interest in the history of Western America and the people contributing ...

Was William Jennings Bryan a Good Newspaper Editor?

Did you know William Jennings Bryan was the editor of the Omaha World-Herald for two years? Or that he didn't do a lot of actual editing in that time? (more…)

Creating the Fruited Plains

During the early years of Nebraska statehood, settlers along the Missouri River began to find life somewhat less burdensome. Road travel, although still rough, presented ...

Scurvy in 19th Century Nebraska

For most modern Americans, the word scurvy holds little weight. To nineteenth-century Americans, however, the word conjured vivid images of misery, suffering, and ...

Marker Monday: Cook

Location Nebraska 49A Spur, Cook, Johnson County, Nebraska View this marker's location 40.509527, -96.16445 Marker Text This region was once home to Oto and ...

Marker Monday: Youst Cemetery

Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past. Today we're focusing on the Youst Cemetery near Hampton, the ...

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