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Name Plum Creek Massacre

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Image of RG0949.AM - RG0949 Riley, Paul Davis, 1936-1981

RG0949.AM - RG0949 Riley, Paul Davis, 1936-1981

The Riley collection contains large amounts of material related to the history of Nebraska and its people. There are four series: 1) Research Materials; 2) Correspondence, 1973-1975; 3) Vertical File Materials; and 4) Miscellaneous Materials. Series 1, Research Materials, encompasses over half of the entire collection. Included here are mainly transcriptions of newspaper clippings organized by subject. Substantial material can be found specifically relating to Webster County history, Willa Cather, cattle ranching, various forts, the Pawnee tribe, and the genealogy of many pioneering families. Series 2, Correspondence, 1973-75, is a small series of Rileyís letters to and from individuals

Image of RG0991.AM - RG0991 Farrell, Dennis, -1903

RG0991.AM - RG0991 Farrell, Dennis, -1903

The collection consists of a letter dated August 27, 1903, written by Dennis Farrell from New York City to J. Amos Barrett at the Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln, Nebraska. In the letter Farrell recounts traveling on a train from Julesburg, Colorado, to Omaha, Nebraska, and seeing William Thompson, a railroad worker who had been scalped during the Plum Creek Massacre in August of 1867. Farrell also describes a time with a wagon train when they encountered hostile Indians. The letter gives brief impressions of Julesburg, Colorado, and Farrell’s life as a rancher. A typed transcript of the letter is also included.