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This Week In Nebraska History

This Week In Nebraska History

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1870: A prairie fire that started near a railroad bridge across Antelope Slough spread so rapidly it was edging into Lincoln before it was extinguished by citizens.

1880: The last rail on the Omaha division of the St. Paul and Omaha Railroad was laid. This line was eventually part of the Chicago and North Western lines.

1890: Col. W.W. Patterson, often credited with founding Kearney, moved to the Southwest and was starting a new town called Vermejo Park in New Mexico.

1900: The Nebraska Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the legislative act of 1887 that created the Board of Transportation. The ruling left the state without a railroad regulatory body.

1910: Michael Cudahy, founder of the Cudahy Packing Company, died in Chicago. The Cudahy firm, one of the "Big Four" packers, had a large plant in Omaha until the early 1960s.

1920: Nebraska farmers were organizing presentations to congressmen in an effort to relieve the distress caused by falling prices for agricultural products.

1930: A group of high schoolers meeting in Omaha protested a trend they said was turning student councils into "police strong-arm squads." They said most student offenses were dealt with too harshly by "judge and jury" student councils.

1940: The Rose Bowl-bound Cornhuskers completed a five-game home season that brought a total of 130,027 fans to Memorial Stadium. Football teams that fell to the Huskers were: Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State and Kansas State.

1950: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Salt-Wahoo Watershed Association affirmed their desire to work together in a flood-control program for the 1,655-square-mile watershed.

1960: Construction started on the Lincoln Petroleum Products terminal seven miles south of Lincoln on U.S. 77. The Great Lakes Pipe Line was to bring fuel from Oklahoma to fill the 1.7 million gallon storage tanks.

1970: Both eastbound and westbound traffic were routed on the new Interstate segment through downtown Omaha for the first time. Interstate 80 was still in various stages of construction from Chappell west to the Wyoming line.

1980: Retail merchants in Lincoln and other Southeast Nebraska towns said sales the day after Thanksgiving -- traditionally one of the strongest sales days of the year -- were generally good. Most store managers expressed holiday-season optimism.

Lincolnites lashed out against a proposed average 17.6 percent rate increase for Lincoln Electric System at an LES rate hearing.

1990: Bryan Memorial Hospital proposed a $23.2 million project that would add intensive care beds, increase the number of private rooms and renovate and expand patient care areas. The state Health Department approved the plan, but suggested the south tower be eliminated, reducing the project cost by $3.4 million.

A New York Developer signed an agreement with Zermatt Equity Corporation to build a shopping center at South 27th Street and Pine Lake Road. The shopping center ultimately became SouthPointe Pavilions.



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