Travel back in time during the program with the Kearney street railway | So Good News


KEARNEY – “The Kearney Street Railway” will be the focus of a Wednesday dinner program at the Kearney Public Library.

Presented by Nathan Tye, an assistant professor of history at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the program is part of the Brown Bag Lecture Series hosted by the UNK Department of History.

Residents of Kearney at the turn of the century quickly crossed the city aboard the trolleys of the Kearney Electric Company. First horse-drawn and later electrified, Kearney’s street railway brought a sense of modernity and innovation to our thriving village. Economic depression, poor management and service problems doomed the attempt. Still, if you know where to look, there are still hints of the street railway’s existence in the city.

A native of Kearney, Tye holds a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He specializes in Nebraska history, the history of the American West and Midwest, labor history, gender and sexuality history, and digital and public history. Tye’s research documents the fascinating but misunderstood lives of hobos, tramps and other transient workers who traveled across the West and Midwest on hopping trains from the 1870s to the 1930s.

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For more information, contact Tye at 308-865-8860 or [email protected]


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