Cuming County

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Arcadia Publishing, 2013 - History - 127 pages
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When European settlers first came to Cuming County, they saw only what the Omaha, Pawnee, Otoe, and Ponca, and a few early trappers and traders had always seen: grass. They found acres of big bluestem, little bluestem, switchgrass, and sideoats grama. With slough grass growing as tall as a man on horseback, landmarks--a lone tree or a bend in the river--helped them find their way home to families burrowed into their dugouts like gophers on a mound-dotted prairie. Beginning in the 1860s, railroad tracks crisscrossed the state, bringing Germans, Bohemians, Scandinavians, Irish, and more. Eventually, a network of dirt roads, graveled county roads, and paved highways replaced the deer paths and Indian trails. So has run the winding path of Cuming County's continual transformation into a patchwork quilt of farm fields, cattle yards, homes, and businesses, stitched together with the firm threads that make a county strong.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
Early Settlers Carve Homes
9
Boundaries Etched in Stone
17
Plows Break Sod
25
Born of Necessity
39
Businesses Flourish
47
Backing the Cause
61
Longing for Community
69
Perseverance During Great Loss
91
Homemade Fun
99
Cuming County Flourishes
111
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About the author (2013)

Author LaRayne M. Topp is a lifelong resident of Nebraska. She was assisted in her study of the county's history by those willing to open their photograph albums and historical society archives and dig deep into their memories to help piece together this pictorial history of Cuming County.

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