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Publication Details

The North Platte tribune.

More information about this newspaper title may be available on the source website.

Source: Chronicling America [US Library of Congress]

Country: United States

State: Nebraska

City: North Platte, Neb.

Issues of this title available in Elephind: 79

Items (articles and/or pages) from this title available in Elephind: 336

Earliest Date: 8 October 1890

Latest Date: 26 December 1894


Lincoln County Tribune

Fort McPherson was established in 1863 in an area that later became Lincoln County, Nebraska. The siting of the fort proved fortuitous as various Indian raids and wars, such as the Plum Creek Massacre, broke out nearby in 1864.  In November 1866--only three years after the wagon train massacre, North Platte, Nebraska, was platted by General Grenville Dodge for the Union Pacific Railroad. The town grew up almost overnight, attracting more than 5,000 people. Most were railroad laborers, gamblers, and adventurers--a rough-and-tumble frontier town. One account said “Neither property of life was safe.� Within two years, the lawless hordes moved westward with the railroad and North Platte settled down into a prosperous community that officially became a city in late 1875. In 1878, Scout’s Rest, the house of William F. “Buffalo Bill� Cody near North Platte, was completed, and Cody joined his family there.

North Platte and Lincoln County boasted many newspapers with various political views and agendas.  These include the following three related titles.  The Lincoln County Tribune was published from 1885 to1890 by Ira L. Bare & L.A. Stevens. Subsequent titles were the North Platte Tribune (1890-94), published by Ira L. Bare & Moulden, and the North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune (1895-1922), also published by Bare. The annual subscription prices ranged from $1.25 to $1.50 per year.  Bare was originally from Pennsylvania, heading west to Colorado in about 1880.  He moved to North Platte in 1881 where he worked for another paper until he was able to establish the Tribune.  The Tribune was described as “Republican in politics and alert to all local happenings…�  Bare became an influential North Platte citizen, using his position as owner and editor of the paper for progressive causes.

Although the North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune has long since ceased publication, North Platte continues to be an important railroad town to this day.  It boasts the largest train yard in the world--the Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard, encompassing 2,850 acres.

Provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE