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    American frontier: The Chrisman Sisters on a claim in Goheen settlement on Lieban (Lillian) Creek, Custer County, 1886 Daughters of ranchman Joseph M. Chrisman, left to right: Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie and Ruth.

    On the Oregon Trail, heading west to the "land of promise." This photographer is unknown, but it was pioneers like these who, starting in 1841, crossed the Nebraska plains.

    Frontier Women

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    Martha Jane Canary (May 1, 1852 – August 1, 1903), better known as Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman, and professional scout

    1890s Fraternity Hall, American frontier architecture preserved at Elkhorn State Park, Montana, USA

    From a collection of black & white photos of American Pioneers. Date/Location unknown.

    Henry Andrew "Heck" Thomas born January 3, 1850 was an lawman on the American frontier most notably Oklahoma. He was appointed US Deputy Marshal out of Fort Smith, Arkansas working under Judge Isaac Parker.

    ::::::::: Vintage Photograph :::::::: Truly this is one of the most beautiful antique photographs of a brother and sister I've ever seen. The girls face is exquisite!

    American Indian

    The Chrisman sisters, 1886. Lizzie Chrisman filed the first of the sisters' homestead claims in 1887. Lutie Chrisman filed the following year. The other two sisters, Jennie Ruth and Hattie, had to wait until they came of age to file. They both filed in 1892. Love the sod house behind them. These names I've our family tree especially Hattie ♥

    prairie pioneers - Bing Images

    Nebraska pioneer family in front of sod house with cow on roof, 1886.... This was once thought of as "Living the Dream"... Now we see it and think sorrow and pain... Just because life is hard doesn't mean it's not the dream!

    A covered wagon during the great western migration 1886.

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    The Homestead Act of 1862. Families were allowed 160 acres for a small filing fee and 5 yrs of residency. 45% of all the land in Nebraska was given away by the federal government under these provisions.

    Because their profession brought them into contact (literally) with many men, prostitutes were able to provide crucial testimony to frontier law enforcers. The courtroom statements of these women frequently helped convict the guilty & exonerate the innocent. The lasting benefit of all such testimony helped law enforcers overcome widespread skepticism of their ability to fairly dispense justice on the chaotic American frontier.

    The Butcher family arrived in Nebraska in time to experience the hard winter of 1880 to 1881. Blizzards often struck without warning, catching people out on the prairie. Those lucky enough to be home, like this family shown here in Cherry County, often brought their horses or cows into their sod homes so the animals would not freeze.

    Pioneer Family

    What we call "Veterans Day" today was originally "Armistice Day," marking the day WWI ended. In this photo, Americans celebrate news of German surrender on Wall Street, November 1918.