George Norris is remembered as both an influential US senator and a dignified, gentle man. But he could still go off on someone when he needed to.
In 1921, an REO Speed Wagon truck could take you from Omaha to Denver in 20 hours over bumpy dirt roads. In 1980, REO Speedwagon the band could take a song to the top of the charts.
Kearney has long promoted itself as the “Midway City” located halfway between the coasts, exactly 1,733 miles from both Boston and San Francisco. That mileage, however, long appeared to match no known historical route—until now. An article in the Summer 2015 issue of Nebraska History unravels the mystery, and shows how Kearney promoted itself starting the nineteenth century.