North Omaha Legacies and More

Stories in this episode include a tour of North Omaha's rich past, a collection of Oregon Trail artifacts, Lloyd McCarter & The Honky-Tonk Revival, and World War I love letters.

Air Date: 04/06/2023

North Omaha Legacies Launched in January of 2022, Preston Love, Jr. guides us on a tour of his beloved North Omaha that celebrates the past and embraces the future. Come along and learn about this historic neighborhood that includes a visit to “The Street of Dreams.”

The Relic Hunter Pete Peters was a young boy when he first visited an old trail outpost called Alkali Station. It was a stopping point on the Oregon Trail and though it was just a grassy pasture, the wagon ruts and the outline of the old post remained visible…as they still are today. Over Pete’s lifetime, he saw the Overland Trail evolve into the interstate highway system that still moves people from east to west and back again. Over the years, Pete amassed a collection of bottles, guns, arrowheads, and other things travelers left along the trail. We dig into the historic trail’s history with a man who’s spent his entire life living near it.

Lloyd McCarter & The Honky-Tonk Revival “Raised in the poetry of old time twang,” Lloyd McCarter has been immersed in traditional country music his entire life. His parents hailed from musical families, setting McCarter’s destiny in motion early. Now with his own band, “Lloyd McCarter & The Honky-Tonk Revival,” McCarter and the other veteran musicians in this group are dedicated to sharing the true and unmistakable sound of old-time country.  We hear about McCarter’s musical influences, followed by a performance in the Ron Hull Studio by the band of their honky-tonk original, “Who’s Going to Drive My Pick-up.”

Sally Bard’s War Stories '"This has made an old man of me in both looks and ways," wrote Carl 'Sally' Bard, then a 24-year-old farm boy who never ventured far from the small town of Wakefield until he joined the Army and went off to fight in France during World War I. In his diary and piles of letters home to his girlfriend Mabel, he talked about the weather and hometown news. He joked about meeting French girls and told of returning from a battle "pretty well shot up" and German barrages that "killed many men and horses." Bard's granddaughter reflects on his life and writings.