By Elizabeth Spilinek
"Travel Back in Time" to 1872 when Hastings, Nebraska was founded on the open prairie at the intersection of two railroads. See how Hastings then grew to become the "Queen City of the Plains" as the seat of Adams County government, the third largest rail center in Nebraska, an important brick manufacturing center, the "Cigar-making Capital of Nebraska", the "Birthplace of Kool-Aid" and the site of the largest inland Naval Ammunition Depot in the U.S. during WWII.
Historical photos and narrative depict the life and times of the citizens of Hastings, Nebraska during the Boom Town (1872-1880), Victorian (1880-1890), Arts and Crafts (1900-1930) and Modern (1940-1950) Periods. Themes in U.S. and Nebraska history, from the Civil War until WWII, are touched on as experienced in the local setting of Hastings, Nebraska.