the 4th of july
From the July 9, 1872 Nebraska Advertiser. Where was the beautiful camp ground south of town? I believe it to be the corn field at the foot of Nebraska Street, down the hill from the old Co-Op.
The celebration was in Pawnee City but Table Rock citizens such as O. D. Howe were involved. A complication of the celebration was that the Indians had fired the nearby prayer, the clouds of smoke being very unpleasant until volunteers extinguished the fire.
The 4th of July -- a big day. Especially in 1898, when there was a battle staged between forces led by a real Union officer and a real Confederate officer. The advent of the Spanish-American War heightened the patriotic fervor that year.
A big display in the Argus was spangled with enthusiasm:
The Fourth at Table Rock will be a Red Letter Day. You are invited to come, and bring all your relations -- including your best girl and her little brother." The Table Rock and Bunker Hill bands will play. "
4th of july 1900
4th of july 1903
4th of july 1909 at the county seat, recorded by a table rock photographer, archer king
Photos of an Independence Day parade in Pawnee City, taken by professional photographer Archer King, then of Table Rock.