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History Nebraska publishes works that explore Nebraska history and culture. Our readers range from professional historians to history buffs to curious people who simply find that learning about the past helps them better enjoy living and traveling here. We all share a passion for well-crafted historical writing.

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New Washington in Nebraska

A traveler to Republican City via Kearney described his journey in a letter published July 4, 1872, in the Nebraska Advertiser of Brownville. The author, "W. D. B.," ...

A Racing Novelty

Horse racing has long been popular in Nebraska. Early newspapers include numerous accounts of such races, which took place in all parts of the state. The Omaha Daily ...

Air Brakes

Improvements in rail transportation, both of freight and passengers, were of paramount interest and importance in the pre-automobile era. The Daily Nebraska State ...

Agricultural Trains

Nebraska railroads were much concerned with developing an adequate economy in the areas they served. The Burlington had a long history of promoting the welfare of its ...

Agricultural Prospects in 1859

Letters to the Nebraska Farmer The first issue of Robert W. Furnas's Nebraska Farmer was published in October of 1859 in Brownville. Furnas (who had established ...

Advice to the Legislature

"Get government off our backs" has been a rallying cry of the 1980s, but fifty years ago there were similar calls to reduce the number of laws on the books. A 1931 ...

Adams County’s Michigan Colony

The first white settlers in Adams County were Mortimer "Wild Bill" Kress and Jerome "California Joe" Fouts, who entered the area in 1869 and located claims on the Little ...

Accidents along the Trail

The greatest dangers along the Overland Trail were disease and accident. Except for sanitary precautions, then little known, disease was perhaps unavoidable. Accidents, ...

Abbott, Othman A.

Othman A. Abbott (1842-1935), a practicing lawyer at Grand Island beginning in 1867, was not only one of Nebraska's influential pioneer lawyers but also one of the ...

The Abbott Sisters: Edith and Grace

Sisters Edith and Grace Abbott made unique contributions to education and social work not only in Nebraska but on a national and international level. Edith Abbott became ...

A Racing Novelty

Horse racing has long been popular in Nebraska. Early newspapers include numerous accounts of such races, which took place in all parts of the state. The Omaha Daily ...

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