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This Is What Nebraska Looked Like 80 Years Ago… It May Surprise You

Any place is bound to change over the course of a century, but Nebraska has really changed. Cities and towns have grown by leaps and bounds, and even rural areas have changed with the times. These photo were taken between 1900 and 1940, with a lot of them coming from a large series captured in 1936 by photographers John Vachon and Arthur Rothstein. Vachon and Rothstein both toured through Nebraska with the Farm Security Administration that year with the goal of documenting the rural poor of America. Their photos and others here capture the feeling of life 80-100 years ago here in Nebraska.

What an interesting look into our state’s history! Which of these really embodies Nebraska to you? Let us know in the comments.

Delana
Delana is a writer and editor who has lived in Nebraska for most of her life.