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Upper Blackfoot Chronicles: A tale of two photographs


Last updated 5/5/2021 at 1:07pm

Solomon D. Butcher

The Samuel "Dick" Tuck family as they pass through South Loup Valley in Custer County, Nebraska in 1890.

These two photographs bookend a journey.

The first has been seen by possibly millions of Junior High and High School students over the years. An image from the National Archive, it has became an iconic image of post-civil war westward expansion and has appeared in several U.S. history textbooks.

The second image is probably known only to the readers of Gold Pans and Singletrees. Together, they...

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