Gering, Scottsbluff, and Terrytown

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The twin cities of Gering and Scottsbluff are located in the west Nebraska panhandle, just a stone's throw from the Wyoming border and separated by the North Platte River. Gering was established three miles south of the river in 1887 and became a thriving center of commerce. Gering founders gambled that the Union Pacific Railroad would build its track through town, but it was the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad that arrived first and laid track on the north side of the river in 1900, prompting rapid growth in Scottsbluff. Some Gering residents moved their homes and businesses to the newer community, but others remained steadfast in their belief that the Union Pacific would soon arrive. The Union Pacific track did not reach Gering until 1911, giving Scottsbluff the advantage of years of railroad-spurred growth. Fast-forward to 1948, when latecomer Terrytown was incorporated on the south bank of the river, sandwiched between the two older, larger cities. United by a bridge and undistinguishable municipal boundaries, the three cities retain their separate identities.
ISBN: 9780738560748
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Nebraska
Series: Images of America
Images: 214
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The North Platte Valley Museum has been collecting photographs, artifacts, and local histories since its inception in 1961. The collected materials illustrate and complete the story of transformation from trail to grazing land and from homesteads to cities. Photographs record, in a way that words cannot capture, the challenges of settling the plains and the vitality of the people. The North Platte Valley Museum is honored to be the repository for those stories and photographs.
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