Road Trip Through History: Legacy of the Plains

The first thing we saw as we drove into the parking lot of the Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gehring, Nebraska, was a half dozen Longhorn cattle that were milling around, while a man who looked nothing like a cowboy waved his arms and tried to shoo them back into their pen. It turned…

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Road Trip Through History:Empire, Wyoming and Black Homesteading

This barely counts as a “road trip through history” post. It is more of a “a historical marker sends me looking for more information” post. The historical marker gave the bare-bones account* of Empire, Wyoming—a short-lived community of Black homesteaders in Goshen County, near the Nebraska-Wyoming border. The marker ended with this sentence: “Empire remains…

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