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Hunting Wild Game on the Prairie

As they moved out onto the prairies, many European and American settlers were astonished by the abundance of game. This, of course, made hunting a popular pastime for ...

The 19th-Century Nebraska Veterans Pension Fight

Governmental bureaucracy is nothing new. Almost a hundred years ago, Nebraska veterans discovered missing records and "red tape" when they applied for military pensions. ...

Nebraska to Alaska: Klondike Gold Rush of 1896

When gold was discovered in the Klondike, many Nebraskans joined in the mass journey to the gold fields. Even a pair of Omaha World-Herald reporters! (more…)

Halley’s Comet lights up Nebraska in 1910

The appearance of Halley's comet in Nebraska skies during the spring of 1910 generated a lot of excitement, but it was especially popular in Omaha. (more…)

Dr. Keeley’s Gold Cure for the Liquor Habit

The preeminent anti-addiction specialist of the late-nineteenth century was Dr. Leslie Keeley, who promised to cure addicts with injections of "gold bichloride." It ...

Griswold’s Description of Corbett vs. Mitchell

Samuel Griswold, the early 20th-century World-Herald sports editor, was well known for his fiery boxing reporting. He once described a match between James Corbett and ...

Replacing Old Dobbin With a Delivery Truck

The advent of cars radically changed personal and professional transportation for Nebraskans. The 1911 Nebraska State Journal cheered this revolution with an article ...

Early Nebraska Roads: Costly but Necessary

The introduction of cars to Nebraska brought with it the need for decent (and costly) roads. Rural areas often had trouble with roads, but who was to blame varied from ...

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