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 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.

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