Here Are Some Of The Oldest Photos Ever Taken In Nebraska And They’re Incredible

In Nebraska’s earliest days, the only means of documenting daily life were with the written word. As cameras grew in popularity and became more available, photographers made their way across the prairie to document life in Nebraska and other rural states. While we can’t say for sure that these are literally the oldest photos ever taken in Nebraska, we do know that they’re among the first photos ever taken here and preserved for generations to come.

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Many of Nebraska’s oldest photographs were captured in and around Custer County by Solomon D. Butcher. We’re so grateful that he and other photographers were able to capture little moments in the homesteading era in Nebraska, because these pictures remind us of how hard our ancestors had to struggle to tame the then-wild Nebraska.

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