May/June 2019



Dick and Linette Mosier, and their English shepherd, Buck, pose with a covered bridge, one of three bridges on their acreage near Spalding.

Alan J. Bartels

That bridge on the cover is just the beginning of our reverence for these important structures that we rely on. Not only are they necessary for commerce, travel and daily life, bridges add something structurally beautiful to our varied Cornhusker State landscape. Our 14-page photo essay, “Scenic Spans: engineering marvels bridge the gap between form, function and beauty,” includes impressive images of 19 Nebraska bridges, and also a special tribute to the infrastructure damaged and lost across our state during the late winter Flood of 2019.

Johnny Carson loomed large on the late-night TV stage of The Tonight Show for 30 years. Before that he was a teenage musician growing up in Norfolk. Carson never forgot where he came from, and Nebraskans never forgot Johnny after his final sign off and eventual death in 2005. Our 12-page story, “The Carson Effect: Nebraska son gave more than funny one-liners,” explores the comedian’s relationship with his home state, and how his generosity continues to benefit the people who molded him and that he never forgot.

Rhubarb is that persistent backyard perennial plant that adds pucker to summer meals and memories. The May/June 2019 issue of Nebraska Life offers five flavorful reader rhubarb recipes, and an essay of reverence for the tough plant that shares characteristics with the hardy Nebraskans who grow it.

The Nebraskans who lived stateside during World War II did their part for the war effort by purchasing war bonds and growing Victory Gardens. They also took part in the scrap drives that provided the materials for the machinery and munitions of war. The “Nebraska Plan” spread across the nation and helped win the war. It all began in Nebraska, and our 8-page reprint from our archives pays tribute to those home front heroes. The story also includes a scrap metal mystery we hope one of our readers can help solve.

The arrival of the railroad in 1866 brought settlers, businesses, supplies and prosperity to Grand Island. Debauchery and crime showed up via those same steel rails. While never forgetting the history of GI’s historic downtown railroad district, a new generation of Grand Islander’s are breathing new life into the oldest part of town now branded as Railside. We hope our 7-page feature will serve as your guide to your own Railside adventures.

Adventure and scenery abound on rural Nebraska roads, but some are more scenic that others. We shine the travel spotlight on Nebraska’s scenic routes with our 10-page feature, “9 Scenic Byways: road fuels adventurous spirit.” After you’ve read the story and then embarked on your own explorations, we hope you will tell us about your exciting byway travels. The story begins on page 98.

Plus, the May/June issue of Nebraska Life explores the Omaha Old Market museum-candy store-movie theater-record shop-antique store experience known as Holly wood Candy. Our Flat Water News department will also celebrate an I-80 anniversary, and shine a spotlight on Western Nebraska’s unlit lighthouse. Our Trivia section features 15 big questions about small Nebraska towns, and our poets share words inspired by Nebraska’s everchanging spring and summer weather. Car racing across the state, an art exhibit in Kearney, and a popular food truck in Holdrege adds fun and flavor to our Nebraska Traveler section. Our Park Spotlight shines on Pibel Lake in Wheeler County, and there’s lots to see and do in our calendar of events.

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