Around Bennington

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The area around Bennington played an important role in the westward expansion of the United States. The Missouri and Platte Rivers were important travel corridors for indigenous peoples, early explorers, trappers, and pioneers. Railroads revolutionized travel and led to the creation of hundreds of small villages along the rail lines; Bennington, founded in 1887, was one of these villages. The arrival of the automobile and better roads decreased the dependency on rail service. By 1975, the rail line that created Bennington had been abandoned. Bennington benefitted from upgraded roads and highways and from suburban sprawl. In the meantime, the Washington community declined, eventually closing its school and church.
ISBN: 9781467106245
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Nebraska
Series: Images of America
Images: 208
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Gordon A. Mueller grew up on a farm outside Bennington and received two degrees at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His family settled in the Bennington area in the 1870s, and his great-grandparents were members of Bennington’s founding families. His great-grandfather served on the first city board. Mueller started his career as a tour guide at Lincoln’s Home in Springfield, Illinois, and wrote “Lost, a Desert River and Its Native Fishes: A Historical Perspective of the Lower Colorado River.” He is the president of the Bennington Historical Society and has served on the Bennington City Council and as mayor.
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