Local History and Architecture

The story of railroads can’t be told without the towns that were created, and thrived, along its tracks. Studying the industries and businesses around depots and tracks can give insight into railroad operations of yesteryear and today. Of particular interest is history and architecture within the communities in the Platte River Valley in Eastern Nebraska, and the the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan and surrounding area.

Elevators and Feed Mills

Along Old Lincoln Highway in Ames, Nebraska - January 2009

I enjoy photographing grain elevators and feed mills as they come in all shapes and sizes, are generally serviced by the railroad, and are vital to the local and national economy and food supply. Plus, growing up in Nebraska I saw a lot of them riding in the back seat of my parents’ car. If […]


Hotel Pathfinder through my grandparents’ camera lens – 36 years ago

Firefighters battle the fire in Hotel Pathfinder

The Hotel Pathfinder explosion occurred 36 years ago, on January 10, 1976. Last year I added some information about that tragic day in Fremont (Nebraska) history. This past year I acquired my grandparents’ collection of photos taken that day which I had mentioned in the 2011 post. I have no more text to add from […]


Tweets from home, an August visit to Fremont

505 Building

In August 2011, my boyhood home was sold and I wanted to record my memories and Fremont history during a “last visit.” I planned to live tweet as I went around, but unfortunately my phone’s data plan not work. Instead I saved the tweets and sent them out once I hit an area that provided […]


Original Grain Belt Brewery along Broadway in Minneapolis

Original Grain Belt Brewery in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Grant, my Nebraska correspondent, was able to come up for a visit a few weekends ago. On his list of places to tour were the Bruce Vento Trail along the old Hamm’s Brewery in Saint Paul, the original Grain Belt Brewery in Minneapolis, and the Grain Belt sign along the Mississippi near the warehouse district. […]