Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




A territory is opened for settlement and the people pour in. Homesteads spring up in all directions and soon towns begin to dot the landscape. A nucleus of local government is formed and, as time passes, it broadens and strengthens. The territory gradually develops into a state and takes its place in the nation. The coming to statehood lures more settlers, as well as speculators, and the cycle repeats--more homesteads; more towns; still more government. In this humble manner began the great state of Nebraska and with it the beautiful little town of Papillion.


A Thesis Presented to the Graduate Faculty of the Department of History University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyrights 1962, Edward F. Kearns.

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