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Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
October 05, 2012 M. Timothy Nolting   

Photo of a painting depicting Cody’s scalping of Yellow Hair courtesy of the Newberry Library.

In the far northwest corner of the Nebraska Panhandle, just a few miles east of the Wyoming border and even fewer miles north to the South Dakota line, lay the origins of a creek that meanders southward out of the historic lands of the Sioux. Maps of Nebraska label this tiny tributary as Hat Creek. History has renamed it War Bonnet Creek for nearby, among the rolling hills of the prairie grasslands, is a site designated as the War Bonnet Battlefi...

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