While Omaha's days as a frontier-era stopover for weary Western migrants are long over, a throwback from the period will be rolling into town Sunday, courtesy of a company that was around when chapters of the history books happened.
Weather results from many interacting facets of the planet: the shape and cover of the land; the amount of water in the air and soil; the chemical composition of the atmosphere; the Earth's rotation and orbit.
Dr. Lee Simmons, former zoo director, said Union Pacific offered to give the vacant building to the zoo in the early 1970s. Free. But the cost of needed repairs "was way more than our annual budget," Simmons said.
Russell Quimby, a Nebraska native and West Point military graduate, grew up in a railroad family and spent 22 years as a rail-accident investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. He lives in northwest Omaha.