Nebraska

 

Location:  Nebraska Highway 41, north of Milligan, Fillmore County, Nebraska; 40.510226, -97.38521

William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and his Wild West were major attractions at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. However, a few members of the Wild West did not approve of some Eastern art depicting the West.

Christmas card with rose from 1880

This Christmas card from 1880 depicted a warm-weather scene similar to one actually experienced by Omahans on December 24 in 1889. NSHS 3832-136 (at left).

The Omaha Bee building (left) founded by Edward Rosewater. From Omaha Illustrated (1888)

The Omaha Daily Bee was certainly the largest and most influential Nebraska newspaper to include "Bee" in its name. Its longtime editor, Edward Rosewater (1841-1906), in 1870 entered the newspaper business and founded the Omaha Daily Tribune. Later the same year, however, he retired from the paper and was elected to the Nebraska Legislature, where he sponsored a bill providing for the creation of an Omaha school board, a measure which was to be submitted to the voters of Omaha.

Hall County Courthouse from Johnsons History of Nebraska 1880

"Our work is done," wrote Harrison Johnson (1822-1885) as he concluded his History of Nebraska, published in 1880. "The volume is completed, and only awaits the Introduction.

Photo of Charles Henry Morrill from The Morrills and Reminiscences

Nebraska in the early 1890s suffered from protracted drought, and farm prices fell to new lows. Conditions were so unfavorable that immigration, which had more than doubled the state's population in the 1880s, almost ceased. Nebraska's population only increased by seven thousand persons between 1890 and 1900. Some became so discouraged that they sold or gave up their property and left the state.

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