RAILROADS - NEBRASKA
Then the railroads came. The town was elated when Abraham Lincoln selected Council Bluffs as the terminal of the Union Pacific Line; later, engineers and Douglas County bonds brought it across the river to Omaha. In 1863 the construction of the Union Pacific formally began. Two years later, the first train from Omaha ran to Salings’ Grove with Gen. W.T. Sherman, of Civil War fame, and 20 leading citizens riding on flat cars with nail kegs for seats.
—Nebraska: A Guide to the Cornhusker State (WPA, 1939)
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Raised in a military family, Midwest Guide Rob Walters has lived in South Carolina, Georgia, California, New York, Nebraska, New Hampshire and Illinois. Always looking for an excuse to hit the road, he spends most of his creative energy on long drives, exploring the Midwest and beyond. He lives with his wife and soon to arrive son in Omaha, Nebraska, and chairs the Art Department at Iowa Western Community College across the river in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Follow on Tumblr at fromthemiddle.tumblr.com.