Beatrice on the Blue...

Although the van Borkums may have migrated from Wisconsin, they ended up in Beatrice Nebraska located on the Big Blue River.  The county seat of Gage County Nebraska, Beatrice reached a population of about 13,000 at one point in its history. It is here that John Arnold van Borkum began a business and family.

Gage County Courthouse c1915

Beatrice Nebraska Courthouse in about 1915.  It still stands, complete with cannon at the front steps.

Beatrice 5th & Ella

The Commercial Club of Beatrice, NE at 5th and Ella Street.  About 1917.

Beatrice Nebraska looking west down Court Street in the 1909.  Not an automobile to be seen. Notice the window washers on the upper left! Also, what what are those 'mountains' in the west. Artistic License?

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