Early days in Douglas County, Nebraska, and the City of Omaha are recalled through colorful tales and factual data in this 116-page spiral bound booklet excerpted from the rare 1882 book: History of the State of Nebraska, originally published by the Western Historical Co. of Chicago, and Nebraska, a Guide to the Cornhusker State, a 1939 project of the Federal Writers of the Works Progress Administration. The booklet is printed on 60# paper. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the full-color front cover. Among the many subjects included are: Early Settlers and visitors, including the Mormon Advent, and many others, such as James Mitchell, A.D. Jones, Bill Allen and others; Establishment of the first post office; Settlers in 1854; Tradition of the origin of name "Omaha"; Omaha surveyed and divided into blocks; Pioneer Events such as the first marriage, first birth, first house, first 4th of July celebration, etc.; Political Organization; Selection of Omaha as state capital; Gov. Thomas Cuming; First state capitol with drawing; An Executive Ball and other social events; The first Murder trial; Religious Awakening; Progress in 1856; Pioneer Justice; Panic of 1857; the "Omaha Claim Club"; Officers of Douglas County; County buildings; Agricultural Society; Old Settlers' Association; Periods of Depression and Prosperity; Lynch law; Omaha in the Pawnee War; the Union Pacific Railroad; Civil War period; George Francis Train and the Cozzens Hotel; An Indian scare in 1864; Post-war boom; Removal of the Capital to Lincoln; Omaha thru the years; View of Farnam Street in 1866, Various murders and crimes, including a detailed account of the unsolved murder of Watson Smith in 1881, possibly for his stand on temperance; a railroad strike in 1882; The burning of the Grand Central Hotel and other fires; Utilities; the Board of Health; Hanscom Park; Newspapers; Churches; Creighton College, Brownell Hall, Great Western Business College; Public Schools; Nebraska Institute for the Deaf and Dumb; the Legal Profession; Territorial Courts; Libraries; Medical Profession; Boyd's Opera House, Hotels; Masons, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Temperance groups and other Societies; Banks; Stock Yards; Omaha Horse Railway; Manufacturing Interests; Brief histories of Millard, Waterloo, Valley and Elkhorn Station. and other items of interest. The final part of the booklet contains a brief excerpt from Nebraska, a Guide to the Cornhusker State, compiled and written by the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA in 1939. This includes a description of Omaha, with two maps and 62 points of interest, and a brief item on Boys Town.
Douglas County, NE
Sources: History of Douglas County Nebraska / History of Omaha NE / History of the State of Nebraska
Authors: John Hill Wheeler, et al
Original Publication Year: 1882
Original Publisher: Western Historical Publishing Co.
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