An early bridge spanning the mile-wide girth of the Platte River. (Nebraska State Historical Society)
Today we may think nothing of driving over a bridge. One hundred and fifty years ago, it wasn’t so easy. Some of the first bridges across the Platte were made of sod.
For two decades Fort Kearny served as a symbol of American westward expansion, an outpost on the frontier as settlers headed west.
From the time of the first agricultural societies, farmers have experimented with various ways to get enough water to their crops.