When European settlers first came to Cuming County they saw only what the Omaha, Pawnee, Otoe, and Ponca, and a few early trappers and traders had always seen: grass. They found acres of big bluestem, little bluestem, switchgrass, and sideoats grama. With slough grass growing as tall as a man on horseback, landmarks such as a lone tree or a bend in the river helped them find their way home to families burrowed into their dugouts like gophers on a mound-dotted prairie.
Beginning in the 1860s, railroad tracks crisscrossed the state, bringing Germans, Bohemians, Scandinavians, Irish and more. Eventually, a network of dirt roads, graveled county roads and paved highways replaced the deer paths and Indian trails. So has run the winding path of Cuming County’s continual transformation into a patchwork quilt of farm fields, cattle yards, homes and businesses, stitched together with the firm threads that make a county strong.
Highlights of Cuming County include:
• Offers a fun overview of the early years of Cuming County containing little known facts and seldom-seen photos.
• Contains interesting bits of interviews of Cuming County residents taken in years past by members of the Cuming County Historical Society.
• Includes information gathered from newspaper clippings of the early 1900s.
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