1850 Omnibus, Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska

This coach-like vehicle was the predecessor to the common urban buses of today. Also called horse buses, they were the common public transport for people and belongings within an urban area, or for short distances from railroad depots. Longer distances were accomplished by stage coaches.

Made by Dexter, West Nyack, N.Y.

The description states:

OMNIBUS OF 1850

It met every train in grandfather’s day. It also preceded the horse-drawn street car. One of 30,000 items in 22 buildings on 2 1/2 city blocks showing man’s progress since 1830. Located 130 miles west of Lincoln, Nebr., on U. S. 6 & 34.

–This card likely dates from the 1960s.

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