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Kearney is situated in the Platte River valley in south-central Nebraska. The Platte River has always been an important route across the Great Plains. Native American tribes such as the Pawnee followed the river to their western hunting grounds. Soldiers at nearby Fort Kearny guarded the Oregon and Mormon Trails while the Pony Express skirted through the county. The Union Pacific Railroad pushed through the region in 1866, and when the Burlington Railroad reached the area in 1871, Kearney (originally Kearney Junction) was born. By the early 1900s, the automobile began to make its mark. The Lincoln Highway, the nation's first paved transcontinental highway, traveled through the heart of town. Today Kearney sits on Interstate 80, and the Archway Monument, a museum that celebrates the region's transportation history, spans the thoroughfare.
ISBN: 9780738541280
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Nebraska
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The images presented in this book are largely drawn from the A. T. Anderson and John Stryker collections, housed at the Trails and Rails Museum and at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The authors selected representative images from these collections to highlight Kearney's growth from a small railroad town to the leading educational, medical, and commercial center in central Nebraska. Mark R. Ellis is a history professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Heather E. Stauffer is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.