Rare Western Newspaper
Kearney Herald (Fort Kearney, NB) Apr. 24, 1866
This extremely rare newspaper was published in Fort Kearney, the first military post built to protect immigrants on the Oregon Trail, and the home station of the Pony Express. Edited by Leigh Freeman, it was a short-lived title. Later in 1866 the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad came through the region. Freeman loaded his press on a railroad car and followed the construction crew, publishing the newspaper under a new title, The Frontier Index, wherever they stopped.
-Vincent Golden, Curator of Newspapers and Periodicals
"One day I am visited by a collector of ordination sermons; the next, by
a collector of 4th of July orations; then comes a collector of geography;
another wants religious newspapers; another wants every book printed in
New York before 1700. I accommodate myself to all; for I want every thing
and collect every thing, and I have more zeal than the whole of them: and
in this way I am kept very busy."
~Christopher Columbus Baldwin
3rd Librarian of AAS