A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha (Google eBook)

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Caxton Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press

Omaha, Nebraska, is a laid-back city in America’s heartland. In the nineteenth century, however, it had a very different reputation. Omaha grew from a speculative scheme in 1854 to a booming city. Along the way there were scores of great stories.

 “It requires but little if any, stretch of the imagination to regard Omaha as a cesspool of iniquity, for it is given up to lawlessness and is overrun with a horde of fugitives from justice and dangerous men of all kinds who carry things with a high hand and a loose rein. . . . If you want to find a rogue’s rookery, go to Omaha.”—Kansas City newspaper.

  

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Review: A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha

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I received a signed copy of this book on a trip I took some time back. I loved it. Omaha is about eighty miles form where I live, so I have a connection with the city. The author has done a wonderful ... Read full review

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Page 14 - ... through the darkness of the night and the falling rain. One of our party said he thought it was at Council Bluffs, and if so it must be four miles. This information was rather discouraging. We consoled ourselves however with the belief that the light could not be over one and a half miles at the extent. We draged ourselves along for one whole hour until it seemed we could go no farther. Still that deceptive light receeded from us as fast as we traveled, and we could not discover that it was any...
Page 13 - Bluffs as early as half past eight. The road ran along the bottoms and was in a bad state owing to the continued rain of the last twelve hours. Night had set in by the time we had made six miles. At this point was a sluce some twenty feet wide and about as deep, the watter was out of the banks and overflowed a large space of the bottoms both sides of the bridge. In the midst of the water before reaching the bridge the horses got set and could not move the coach. We were all obliged to get out and...

About the author (2000)

David L. Bristow has lived in Omaha since 1992.  He writes for various magazines and is currently working on a novel.  A Dirty, Wicked Town is his first book.

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