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Back in ’67

According to the Fremont Tri-Weekly, the winter of 1867 was especially warm. The children were barefoot in January and a moneymaking scheme melted away. (more…)

Victor Vifquain

Victor Vifquain (1836-1904), a native of Belgium, was one of the first Nebraskans to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, first authorized for heroic ...

Flashback Friday: Visit to the Penitentiary in 1875

The year 1875 saw two uprisings at the Nebraska State Penitentiary south of Lincoln. In January prisoners took the warden, William Woodhurst, and inside guards ...

Paul Vandervoort, Omaha Resident Turned Cuba Colonialist

Paul Vandervoort was a Union Veteran that settled in Omaha after the Civil War, but he is best known for his work helping to found an American colony in Cuba around ...

Vacationing on a Budget in 1909

Nebraskans have always looked to get the most vacation for their money. Back in the early twentieth century, one of the most popular bang for your buck vacation spots ...

Rudolph E. Umland and the Federal Writers’ Project

The Federal Writers' Project helped many writers get through the hard times of Great Depression. Rudolph Umland was one of many that helped the FWP publish thirty ...

Twister Tall Tales

Crazy tornado stories are pretty common in Nebraska, but the Columbus Journal published a pair of especially unbelievable ones in the late 1800s. (more…)

Touring Nebraska Orchards in 1872

Even before the emergence of Arbor Day, Nebraska tree enthusiasts would get together. In October 1872, J. Sterling Morton and 100 of his friends went on a huge Nebraska ...

Too Much Beef, a Nebraska Football Story

Early Nebraska football games could be a bit mismatched, but some were a bit more one-sided than others. A December 9, 1895 game between York College and a local high ...

Flashback Friday: Timber Culture Act of 1873

The Timber Culture Act of 1873 was one of many land laws affecting Nebraska in the state's early days. It was also one of the most abused and least successful land laws ...

Texas Cattle Trade in Omaha

Soon after the end of the Civil War, Texas cattle began making their way north to Omaha. At first, the herds were 500 strong but by 1875 a herd of 4000 was fairly ...

Flashback Friday: A Surprising Foot Race

Foot racing was a popular sport in 1890s Nebraska. Sometimes things could get a little shady, like when a local favorite beat a supposedly famous competitor and ...

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