Tuesday, December 6, 2011

History of Cozad, Nebraska

Along the Platte River, Cozad is a community located in Dawson County, Nebraska.  Because of its location, it is rich in history from the Oregon Trail time period to the building of the Union Pacific Railroad and opening of highways.

An early pioneer merchant, Charles E. Allen, put together a story of Cozad which was eventually published in the 1950s.   Frank M. Johnson, a Cozad native and Lexington attorney, contributed a good deal of work toward the publication.  Their publication on the early history of Cozad is fascinating to read.  The reminiscences are interesting as well as the history, even of various Cozad families.

The Tri-City Printers, Inc. realized the need for an updated history which would take the history from 1960 to the present.  Along with the Cozad Centennial Committee and other civic officials, the book, Early and Modern History of Cozad Community, has been published.  White pages designate the original book and blue pages represent the updated history.  While the book is not indexed, it contains valuable information about Cozad and its people and businesses.

The book sells for $4.00 and is available from the Tri-City Tribune, PO Box 6, Cozad, NE 69130, phone 308-784-3644.  The Tri-City Trib web page has information under "Contact" for contacting the newspaper by e-mail.

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