National Register of Historic Places

The next time that you walk by a National Register plaque, remember that it’s there because a perfectly ordinary person did something extraordinary. At its very core, the National Register is a grassroots program.

Page 16 from a Sky Park Manor promotional brochure that depicts the building's fall out shelter. Lincoln, Neb., circa 1963.

 

Highway 2 through the Sandhills is one of Nebraska’s most scenic drives. Deep in the Sandhills lakes country, near the tiny town of Antioch, stand desolate, oddly-shaped concrete ruins visible from the highway—as if Antioch had once been a much larger city, or home to some inexplicably large enterprise. And that’s pretty much what happened during World War I when Antioch became a potash boomtown.

In the Summer 2012 issue of Nebraska History, Daniel Spegel explains the circumstances and powers that resulted in the largest ever demolition of a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The fate of Omaha’s Jobbers Canyon district played out in a public debate that drew national attention.

 

To learn more about Dr. Picotte's remarkable life, check out the April 2010 issue of Nebraska History News. This guide to our extensive archival collection of La Flesche family materials should also prove helpful.

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