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Throwback Thursday Photo, Gone Fishing

Boys fishing at Hanscom Park, Omaha, 1928 [RG3882.PH0019-0007-2] 

Gone fishing! Three young boys fish the pond at Hanscom Park in Omaha in today’s Throwback Thursday photo. If the string of fish the youngest boy holds, the pint-sized fishermen appear to be quite successful their simple lines and homemade pole. Omaha photographer Nathaniel Dewell captured this sweet scene on June 20, 1928.

Hanscom Park (1899 South 32nd Avenue) is one of Omaha’s oldest parks. The land was donated in 1872 and developed by the city in 1889. The Park Commission paid a landscape architect $913.30 to create a park that included “two lakes, a cascade, extensive flower beds, two and one-half miles of macadamized roadway, fountains and a magnificent growth of forest trees.” Many of the original design elements survive today. 

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