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Life wasn’t easy for the early pioneers here in Buffalo County. For many of the nineteenth century American settlers, completely uprooted their lives and established the first communities many of us know today. For this week’s lesson and activities about life as a pioneer, we have three great resources! Take a brief tour of Freighter’s Hotel here at Trails & Rails Museum, analyze some of the old photographs by AT Anderson, and read some general information by History Nebraska! (Click and read, below!)

Pioneer Life – These three relatively short readings, published by History Nebraska, described everyday life on the Nebraska prairie. Check them out above!

Freighter’s Hotel – Located on the Loup River, halfway between Kearney and Broken Bow, Freighter’s Hotel serviced many travelers making their way toward the Sandhills in western Nebraska. Take a brief tour with Mary Beth Lowe as she described life in the hotel!

AT Anderson Photo Activity – Take a peek at the past with some of these great old-time photos by local photographer AT Anderson. Most of Anderson’s photography is a snapshot of life on the prairie in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. (View images, below)

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