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Solomon Butcher standing in front of his first Nebraska house
Solomon Butcher in front of his first Nebraska house

Nebraska State Historical Society

Solomon D. Butcher, born in 1856, came with his family to the plains of Nebraska in 1880 and filed a homestead claim. He soon discovered homesteading wasn't for him, although he admired those with the determination to survive and prosper on the plains. Needing a way to support his family and having previous experience as a photographer, he set out to create a photographic history of pioneer life. Between 1886 and 1912 Butcher generated a collection of more than 3,000 photographs that literally paint a picture of the era's homesteading. Butcher's collection is maintained and administered by the Nebraska State Historical Society and is available online at the American Memory portion of the Library of Congress website.

Last updated: September 18, 2021

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