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Fort Kearny on the Missouri River

U.S. Army Pvt. William Ingraham and his unit spent the winter of 1847-48 at Fort Kearny at present Nebraska City. In the spring they traveled about 180 miles west to ...

Fort Kearny, 1849

The discovery of gold in California early in 1848 had a pronounced effect upon travel past Fort Kearny in 1849. News of the discovery did not reach the Atlantic coast ...

Fort Kearny – Sydenham’s Memories

The growth of overland emigration to Oregon after 1842 resulted in the establishment of military posts across the West to protect travelers. Fort Kearny, first called ...

Fort Crook

Although plans were drawn for the 1888 establishment of Fort Crook (the predecessor of Offutt Air Base at Bellevue, Nebraska), no meaningful construction commenced until ...

Forests in Nebraska

Nebraska's forestry exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition, held in 1893 in Chicago's Jackson Park, was located in a special building among similar exhibits from ...

Foreign Investors

The 1980s witnessed considerable legislative and political struggle to protect Nebraska farmers from corporate and foreign investors. In 1889, the verdant farmlands of ...

Henry Ford in Fremont

Henry Ford's arrival in Fremont in August of 1916 to vacation and to attend a widely advertised tractor show there attracted statewide attention. The show was one of ...

Ford and the 1976 Nebraska Primary

On July 14, 1913, Gerald R. Ford, then named Leslie King, Jr., was born in Omaha, the only person ever born in Nebraska who became president of the United States. ...

Football in Wilcox, 1904

Football fever took a while to catch on during the game's early years. At least one gets that impression from LeRoy Marshon, publisher of the Wilcox Banner, who in the ...

Footrace in Lincoln, 1877

In late 1877 a large crowd of enthusiastic spectators turned out for several Lincoln footraces that pitted a local favorite against outside opponents. Heavy bets were ...

Football Spirit in Nebraska

The University of Nebraska football team was on a winning streak in 1902. Coach W. C. "Bummy" Booth's team went 9-0 that season and was unscored upon. The Lincoln Trade ...

Football is Dangerous, According to Nebraska State Journal

Objections to high school football are seldom heard today. The popularity and widespread acceptance of the game at the secondary school level were predicted by ...

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