f you could see Nebraska through my eyes, you would discover small town charm and hospitality is alive and well in rural Nebraska. My little town is not unlike dozens of other towns you pass through in the Midwest. In towns like mine, you will find the cafes, grocery stores, hardware stores, banks and the occasional variety store. My town is also home to our local Historical Societies' museum. The museum is just two blocks off of Hwy 15 which passes through town. When looking for the museum, take a turn to the West from our one and only stoplight. You will pass by a post office, grocery store, bank, food plant and body shop. That seems like a lot for just two blocks, we are lucky... our town is alive and well.
The museum will come into sight just before you reach a set of railroad tracks. Look right, to the North, and you will find what once was a depot. This depot has been repurposed into our museum. A building that dates back a more than a century. The building once served the community as a portal to the rest of the world. Before cars and paved roads crisscrossed the nation, it was steel rails and wooden ties. To access these tracks, one had to don their very best, buy a ticket and climb aboard.
Today, like the rails, our depot serves a different purpose. Inside the space sits a collection of items that locals have, over the years, donated to the society for preservation and sharing with new members of the community. You will not find Monet, da Vinci or even van Gogh, what you will find is evidence of family, friends, and entrepreneurship.
When you're in the area, just passing through, or in town for a event, take a few minutes to plan a visit. Society members try to accommodate each and every request to see the inside of the old Depot. It's not fancy, it's not priceless, it is ours. Our little town is happy to share what has been put aside for safe keeping. Our contributors and volunteers care about preserving the past and making it available for generations to come.
My town is David City.
My name is Darrell and this is my local historical society through my eyes.