Nebraska Western Trails Partners
Coordinating Agency for Nebraska Participants
Contributed approximately 450 images of text documents reflecting the development of Nebraska recreational trails.
They include a charming 1938 "how to" guide entitled Nebraska Nature Trails written by Ruth Fleming for the
Works Project Administration, a 1994 consultant's report prepared for the Nebraska Energy Office entitled A Network
of Discovery, A Comprehensive Trails Plan for the State of Nebraska, and the 1997 Cowboy Trail Master Plan,
created by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy and Clark Enersen Partners architects for the Nebraska Game and Parks
Location: 1200 N St., Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
Technology and Access Services Director,
Project: Contributed 187 images of photographs, artifacts, documents, paintings, and drawings from the Visitors Center at Chimney Rock National Monument . Perhaps the most famous of Overland Trail
landmarks, Chimney Rock's importance to western emigrants from the 1840s-1860s was unparalleled. This project
enables the Historical Society to share this information with people unable to visit in person by providing a
digital exhibit of a portion of the collection.
Project URL: http://www.nebraskahistory.org/sites/rock/moreinfo.htm
Location: PO Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501-2554
Contact: Andrea Faling, Director of Library/Archives, 402-471-4785,
Project: Early Omaha: Gateway to the West
Contributed 770 images of photographs, lantern slides, postcards, and maps reflecting Omaha's importance as the
site of the Union Pacific headquarters and point of eastern origin for the first transcontinental railway. Omaha
became the home to many seeking their fortune, as well as to immigrants working on the railroad and businesses
supplying goods to west and east. Images and maps in the collection document Omaha's transformation from a town
into a city.
Location: 215 South 15th. St., Omaha, NE 68102
Project: Contributed 500 images of paintings, sketches, and photographs by famed pioneer photographer William Henry Jackson
and five letters from travelers on the Oregon Trail. In recent years these images have become increasingly popular
illustrations for books, articles, and museum exhibits and documentaries. Posting the most requested images to the
National Parks Service Web site will enable writers, editors and researchers to not only learn of the existence of
the collection, but also obtain copies more easily in an inexpensive CD-ROM format.
Location: PO Box 27, Gering, NE 69341-0027
Contributed 727 images from Paine family travel journals of 1889, 1901, and 1920; Oregon Trail Memorial
Association publications; Lincoln Highway photographs and documents; and early Hall County settler Norman Reese
pioneer reminiscences. The Museum is located in Hall County, through which the Overland Trails, transcontinental
railroads, and Lincoln Highway passed. A portion of the Oregon Trail remains on the Museum grounds.
Project URL: http://www.stuhrmuseum.org/westerntrails/
3133 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, NE 68801
Contact: Research Department 308-385-5316
Westward Through Nebraska
Contributed 640 images of text concerning the westward movement through Nebraska along the Oregon Trail and
Union Pacific Railroad. They include a unique 1933 thesis entitled The Geography of the Oregon Trail in
Nebraska, Crofutt's Trans-Continental Tourist's Guide (1871), Guide to the Union Pacific Railroad
Lands (1870), and Silas Seymour's Incidents of a Trip through the Great Platte Valley to the Rocky
Mountains and Laramie Plains in the Fall of 1866.... The Library will also program and host the database of
metadata records for the project.
Location: Digital Initiatives & Special Collections, UNL Libraries, 29 Love Library, Lincoln, NE 68588-4100.
Katherine L. Walter, Chair of Digital Initiatives & Special Collections, 402-472-3939,
Dee Ann Allison, Director of Computing Operations & Research Services,