Freemont Nebraska Centennial History 1856-1956

In the heart of the United States, nestled within the vast expanse of the Great Plains, lies Fremont, Nebraska—a town whose story encapsulates the indomitable spirit of American settlement and growth. “The Prairie Venture: Fremont Nebraska Centennial History 1856-1956,” penned by Carroll W. Thompson, offers a detailed chronicle of this remarkable community from its founding through to its centennial celebration. Through meticulous research and captivating narrative, Thompson not only records the pivotal moments in Fremont’s history but also paints a vivid picture of the challenges, triumphs, and transformations that define this resilient community.

The book’s journey begins in 1856, with the arrival of the first settlers, driven by the promise of prosperity on the prairie. These pioneers, embracing the spirit of adventure and hope, laid the foundations of Fremont amidst the challenges of Native American conflicts, harsh winters, and the scourge of grasshoppers. Named after the explorer John C. Fremont, the town quickly evolved from a fledgling settlement to a bustling hub of activity and growth.

Central to Fremont’s development was the arrival of the railroad in 1866, a transformative event that spurred economic growth and connected the town to wider markets and opportunities. As Thompson navigates through the decades, we witness Fremont’s evolution into a manufacturing and agricultural center, underpinned by a robust community fabric woven with churches, clubs, and civic institutions. The narrative is not just a record of events but a testament to the enduring spirit of its people who, despite natural disasters and economic challenges, forged a thriving city on the prairie.

“Fremont Nebraska Centennial History 1856-1956” is structured to guide the reader through Fremont’s historical milestones, from its early days of settlement in Indian Country to the establishment of a business community, the growth of civic pride, and the meeting point of industry and agriculture. The inclusion of appendices detailing the churches, clubs, and committees of Fremont adds depth, offering insight into the social and cultural dimensions that contributed to the town’s rich community life.

Table of Contents

Settlement in Indian Country, p. 4
Building a Town, p. 12
A Business Community, p. 21
Civic Growth and pride, p. 30
Stability and Security, p. 46
Where Industry and Agriculture Meet, p. 53
Churches, p. 62
Clubs, p. 63
Program of Daily Events, p. 68
Committees, p. 71
“Prairie Venture,” p. 76


Thompson, Carroll W., The Prairie Venuture, Freemont, Nebraska Centennial History 1856-1956, Fremont, Nebraska : Fremont Centennial Association, 1956.



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