Kearney

Three men restrain a fourth man. Caption scratched onto photo reads: "A new fad of the Kearney sheriff and chief of police Trindle when a bad man strikes the city."

Thousands of dollars are missing in Kearney, but who is the thief? Is it the trusted postal clerk, or his good friend the former sheriff? This story of betrayal includes a Christmas burglary, a sensational trial, and a Thanksgiving verdict. Happy holidays!

hand drawn map of river with many islands

hand drawn map of river with many islands

How difficult was it to cross the Platte River without a bridge? This 1866 map gives you some idea. The river was notorious for its braided channel and patches of quicksand. The map shows the best places to ford.

1935 Kearney Opera House curtain, water damaged, before treatment

Many of the rural opera houses that once covered Nebraska are gone, but their painted curtains are often still around. Our Ford Conservation Center recently restored the curtain that decorated the Kearney Opera house for nearly 20 years.

Kearney Cotton Mill, interior (RG2178.PH0-000032)

Kearney Cotton Mill, interior (RG2178.PH0-000032)

Take a peek inside the Kearney Cotton Mill in today’s Throwback Thursday Photograph. Construction on the Mill started in 1890 by the Cumnock brothers (A. G., John, J. W., George W., and Walter), cotton manufacturers from the East. Total floor space of the completed mill was 89,587 square feet. Total cost of the mill and the equipment was $400,000.

Photographer Solomon D. Butcher depicted a street in Kearney in 1910

Photographer Solomon D. Butcher depicted a street in Kearney in 1910

Modern attempts to defraud the unwary via the internet by offering cash rewards in exchange for helping someone recover funds (with the helper required to make an upfront payment for "minor expenses" or to prove good faith) are nothing new.

Photo from the early 1920s showing the Lincoln Highway directional sign near the 1733 Ranch.

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