Nebraska City

(via Jesse James: A Rare Cabinet-Size Photo Published by Mitchell,Kansas | Lot #44013 | Heritage Auctions)

Jesse James: A Rare Cabinet-Size Photo Published by Mitchell, Kansas City, from the Collection of Harry Hoffman. Perhaps the most familiar image of Jesse James, it depicts him at approximately the age of twenty-seven, taken in Nebraska City, Nebraska in 1875. This photo was part of the collection sold by Harry Hoffman to Frank Foster in 1948. It is listed on the formal inventory of the collection, and in somewhat more detail on Hoffman’s handwritten list. (See website description for images of the documents, copies of which will accompany this lot).

Contemporary ink notations at the top and bottom read “(undecipherable word) taken at age 27”, and “Jesse W. James Born 1847 assassinated April 3, 1882 Leader of the James Band. ” The reverse side is also inscribed, this time in pencil, in what appears to be the same hand: birth and death dates and “Jesse W. James taken about 1875 27 yrs old” and “copied from a daguerreotype”, as well as a large notation “X5”.

If you’re looking for me, I’m in Nebraska City, NE. I’ll be here all week. This morning I walked around downtown. Everything was closed. Is it because it was Sunday? Is it because it is three degrees outside? I saw a tumbleweed roll across Main Street. A man in a pick-up truck stopped to ask if he could help me. It was a good question. I don’t know, I said.


  The most difficult parts and the most best parts of touring are sometimes the same thing.

At least, according to Gallup data. The rankings are based on six categories: life evaluation, work environment, emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors and basic access. 

Here are the top ten:

  1. Lincoln, Nebraska
  2. Boulder, Colorado
  3. Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont
  4. Provo-Orem, Utah
  5. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
  6. Barnstable Town, Massachusetts
  7. Honolulu, Hawaii
  8. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  9. Washington, D.C-Arlington, Virginia-Alexandria, Maryland
  10. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California

Via the Lincoln Journal Star



76.2% of jobs in Omaha are accessible by public transportation, but only 28.5% of metro-area transit riders can reach their place of work in 90 minutes or less. This is on par with the national average—75.5% of jobs are accessible by public transportation, but only 27.3% of transit commuters reach their jobs within 90 minutes.

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Raised in a military family, Midwest Guide Rob Walters has lived in South Carolina, Georgia, California, New York, Nebraska, New Hampshire and Illinois. Always looking for an excuse to hit the road, he spends most of his creative energy on long drives, exploring the Midwest and beyond. He lives with his wife and soon to arrive son in Omaha, Nebraska, and chairs the Art Department at Iowa Western Community College across the river in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Follow on Tumblr at