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Sioux Lookout, the highest point in Lincoln County, was a prominent landmark on the overland trails.
From its lofty summit the development of the West unfolded before the eyes of the Sioux and other Indians.
Trappers and traders came by here in…
This fountain was donated by the National Humane Alliance in 1908 after formation of Lincoln's Humane Society in January, 1907.
It is one of at least 70 similar fountains placed in communities throughout the United States.
The fountain includes …
In the late 1880's, Kearney business leaders envisioned the city as a major manufacturing center. The Kearney Cotton Mill was among the many enterprises launched as part of this venture, which included paper, woolen, and oatmeal mills; plow and ca…
In 1888, H. D. Watson established the historic Watson Ranch, at one time containing 8,000 acres, reaching from the fertile Platte Valley on the south to the rolling hills on the north and from downtown Kearney to a point five miles west.
Railroads played an important role in the settlement of the Great Plains. Their construction was particularly damaging to the Indian way of life, since railroads helped the military to patrol rapidly along their lines, and villages and farming com…
Here, on August 7, 1867, a band of Southern Cheyennes, led by Chief Turkey Leg, wrecked a west-bound Union Pacific freight train and handcar which preceded it.
The engineer and fireman were killed and the boxcars looted and burned.
One of the h…
The fort was established on the Oregon Trail on the south side of the Platte River in October 1863, on the eve of intensified Indian raids on the Plains.
Built next to the well-known Cottonwood Springs and McDonald ranch, it commanded a strategic…
After 1861 an important variant of the overland trails system, the Nebraska City - Fort Kearny Cutoff, passed nearby, over which freight was transported from the Missouri River to western forts and mining camps.
The region's first settlements wer…
Since 1868, Seward has, with but few interruptions, sponsored a yearly 4th of July celebration which has gained national attention.
This square, the original site of the festival, is today its focal point.
Special trains once brought revelers he…
On January 2, 1863, Robert T. Gale filed the first homestead in Seward County, then "Greene County."
A surveyor, he chose an irregular tract along Plum Creek that provided shelter from the north winds and fresh spring water year-round.