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Catalog Number 10387-34
Title Menu; The Lone Oak, Lincoln, Nebraska
Object Name Menu
Description Gray, tri-fold menu with black print. Panels fold together to form mailing label on one side. The opposite flat side has "The Lone Oak" in the center with "Recommended By / Duncan Hines" beneath. On the inside center panel is the main menu; with sections headed Dinners, Salads, and Drinks. Hours are listed on the proper right panel and the logo is repeated on the proper left panel.
Year Range from 1950
Year Range to 1958
Material Paper/Ink
Place of Origin USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
Used USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
Height (in) 8
Width (in) 5
People Hines, Duncan
Search Terms The Lone Oak
History The Lone Oak was established in the 1930s five miles west of Lincoln, Nebraska on West O Street by Nola Bailey and Tom Bentley. When the original building burned down in 1944, it was replaced with a distinctive baled hay structure in a modern arts style. The restaurant ceased to exist after the 1958 deaths of the owners in a carbon monoxide accident.

After a legal battle between the heirs, the restaurant reopened in December 1958 as The One Oak. It closed again within a year. Several businesses went on to occupy the building over the next several decades; most noticeably The Elms, 1969-1976, and El Ranchito, 1978-1987. In 1990, the building was designated a Lancaster County Local Landmark. After El Ranchito vacated the space it was used primarily as a warehouse. It was demolished in 2012.

For more information on the history of The Lone Oak see the Spring 2006 issue of Nebraska History.
Credit line John E. Carter, Lincoln, NE
Collection Carter, John E.