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.
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.
The family of William Kelley pose among the rows of their celery field. The Keller’s farm was located six miles west of Kearney on an island in the Platte River. Nebraska Photographer Solomon D. Butcher captured this photograph in 1904. At that time, Butcher had a studio in Kearney.
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.
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.