Lincoln's Early Architecture

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Lincoln's predecessor, Lancaster, formed in 1863 on the east bank of Salt Creek around a proposed Methodist female seminary. Though a building was erected, the school failed to materialize. When Nebraska became the 37th state in 1867, the village of Lancaster was chosen as its first capital, and the name was changed to Lincoln. Although lacking mineral resources, a navigable stream, a railroad, or even a minimal population, the village steadily grew and prospered from its 30 original inhabitants to its present population of more than 260,000. At the time of its origins, critics claimed, "Nobody will ever go to Lincoln who does not go to the legislature, the lunatic asylum, the penitentiary, or some of the state institutions." Images of America: Lincoln's Early Architecture traces the city's growth, including three state capitols and the University of Nebraska, into a modern city of diverse people, events, and businesses.
ISBN: 9781467111690
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Nebraska
Series: Images of America
Images: 195
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The authors examined photographic images from many collections, including their own, and chose nearly 200 to tell the city's story. Matthew Hansen is an architect with the State of Nebraska, Office of Capitol Commission. James McKee is an author, an independent bookseller, and Lincoln's city historian. Edward Zimmer is a historic preservation planner in the Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Department.
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