A Section Hand on the Union Pacific Railway, Scribner's Magazine,June 1901
"I was a little beyond the town of Gibbon. . . ."
|Front Street, looking east. Note the ubiquitous grain silo
which stuck up like a periscope, marking each town
from miles away.
|United Art Publishing Co., New York City
US30 doesn't go through Gibbon, but along the north side of it. Front Street appears to have been the main street
in Walter's time as that is where the business buildings are. The Union pacific railway is just behind the buildings
on the left and just beyond that is the highway. We had to exit on South Court Street and take the overpass into
town. Doubling back to take this picture we traveled over nicely cobblestoned streets that were lined with stately,
well-kept Victorian homes.
Even though it was just eight miles to Buda station, it was getting late in the day, and remembering last year's
August 24th episode there, I wanted plenty of time to search for any remains of the station. We had seen none in
2001 but we never left the highway. This time I wanted to really check out the area, although we expected that any
traces were long gone. We drove a few miles outside of Gibbon and overnighted at a pleasant state recreation area
called Windhill. It was just a mile or so from the Platte River and about 13 miles from Kearney. We enjoyed
supper surrounded by this historic country and I finally went to sleep full of anticipation of tomorrow's experience
at Buda. I was not disappointed.