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 fewer hazards; railways were constructed across the state; comfortable homes were built, and farms developed from earlier truck patches and gardens. Native trees grew along rivers and streams, but settlers still believed that only one hundred miles west stretched the Great American Desert, and heard with apprehension the oft-repeated saying that nothing ever grew west of Salt Creek, around fifty miles / away.
The strange death of prominent Omaha physician and surgeon Frederick Rustin in September of 1908 ushered in a series of widely publicized events culminating in accusations of suicide, a trial for murder, and a lengthy legal struggle by his widow to collect her husband's insurance benefits.
Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state's past. This week we're focusing on the original site of a village in Nuckolls county that later moved to be nearer to railroads.
Aviator Charles Holman was the star of Omaha's first air races in 1931, but his final race ended with a grisly crash.
We're pleased to announce that the Hastings Downtown Historic District has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places!