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Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
July 31, 2014 M. Timothy Nolting   

William Thompson

At 9 o’clock on the evening of August 6, 1867 the telegraph went dead at the Union Pacific’s Plum Creek Station near present day Lexington, Nebraska. Telegrapher William Thompson, a recent immigrant from Hampshire, England cussed his bad luck as he made his way to the section house. A dead line meant there was a downed line and William would have to roust out the section crew and join them in a search for the location of the problem. He suspected...

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