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Recent Events Annual Meeting Aug. 24, 2013 - Program Falls City Railroading

Upcoming Events: Hats Off to Spring Tea - Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:00 at Museum
Annual Meeting Aug. 21, 2014 - at Museum - Speaker: Gene Thomsen,
Deputy State Surveyor, on the Impact of Surveying on the Past and Present.
Waffle Man  - Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, 11AM - 2PM,  at Museum
Jam Sessions - 4th Mondays, 7:30 PM - Informal History Discussions
                       (call 402-245-4787 for more information)

  Richardson County Historical Society Museum

 Richardson County Historical Society Museum 

1401 Chase Street

 Falls City, Nebraska 68355

This museum building was acquired in 2002 and displays items that were once stored in 5 locations with no public access. The large adjacent Agricultural Building opened in May, 2010. Visit often to see newly acquired artifacts.

Museum Open Hours:

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
April - December (2014)

                Admission: By Donation

Special tours are available upon request.

For information or to arrange a tour:


402-245-4407 or 402-245-3481 or 402-245-3372


Richardson County Historical Society, Inc
1401 Chase Street
P.O. Box 45
Falls City, NE 68355

Richardson County Historical Society Board of Directors 2013-2014:
Board meetings on the 4th Saturday morning monthly at 9:00 AM.

Jo Ann Auxier,
Treasurer & Museum Curator

Richard Meinzer, President

Gary Nelson, Secretary

Richard Zentner,
Genealogy & History

John Seeba, Vice-President

Bill Rowan, Historian

Carolyn Zentner

Ann Meinzer

June Bowers
Susan Sipple

Matt Beer

Nelle Pfister
Bill Sipple

Steve Holland

Ramona Godemann


At Richardson County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting
August 24, 2013

Photo by Bill Schock, Falls City Journal

Bob Ferguson, “Falls City Railroading” presenter, with a photo of the first Missouri Pacific Railroad yard crew in l909. The crew included: Walter Marx, yardmaster; Snyder, switchman; Dixon, fireman; Thayer, engineer; Lynch, switchman. The portion of the model train at the bottom of the photo is one of two models that were exhibited.

    Bob Ferguson, a Missouri Pacific Railroad employee for 43 years, who made a presentation of  “Falls City Railroading” at the annual membership meeting of the Richardson County Historical Society Aug 24, has pursued an vocation of railroad history and especially Missouri Pacific history.
    Ferguson, who began his long railroad career in l949 as a Missouri Pacific call boy, retired in l992, as did the railroad’s local existence. In his presentation he traced railroad history in Falls City from its early days. Excerpts from his talk follow:

“The first inkling of Falls City’s reputation as a ‘railroad town,’” he said,  “began l2 years after Falls City became Falls City on June 7, 1869, when an election was held in Richardson County to vote for $250,000 in bonds at 8 percent to aid in construction of a railroad in Richardson County and Falls City. The vote barely carried, 576 to 570, but no contractors were interested.”             (continued in Falls City Journal Sept. 4, 2013)