Zoe Mays

Zoe Mays is studying history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and interning with Platte Basin Timelapse during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Zoe's Work

One of the most prominent and successful photographic pioneers was John Carbutt of Chicago, who made major advances in the materials used to create and develop film. But decades before he did that, Carbutt journeyed to Nebraska and the Platte Valley as the official photographer for an amazingly large publicity stunt by the Union Pacific Rail Company as it rushed to complete the transcontinental railroad.

For two decades Fort Kearny served as a symbol of American westward expansion, an outpost on the frontier as settlers headed west.

Nebraska’s capital city has a strong economy, a well-respected university and a vibrant downtown. But from a water supply standpoint, Lincoln has always been a little precarious.