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RG1088.AM:  Paul Hill, 1815-1895

Papers:  1837-1839, 1868-1872, 1936

Nebraska:  Railroad conductor/engineer

Size:  One folder


The collection contains papers relating to the life and career of Paul Hill. The first part of the collection, consisting mainly of diary excerpts and correspondence with Lewis H. Sands, a military man, concerns the removal of Potawatomi Indians from Indiana to the Council Bluff Indian Agency at Bellevue, Nebraska in 1837. Hill was the assistant conductor at the time. Also included is correspondence dating from 1839 between L. Mason, D. Howell, and Paul Hill concerning the purchase of land in Racine, Wisconsin Territory.

The second part of the collection relates to the construction of the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad in Nebraska from Plattsmouth to Kearney during the years 1869-1873. Paul Hill and Thomas Doane were heavily involved in getting this built. Included in this part of the collection are contracts, business correspondence, and account book expenses for freight, salaries, etc. Some names of men who worked on the construction are mentioned. Also included are a few family letters with observations of Lincoln, Nebraska in 1870, as well as impressions of the Chicago Fire of 1871.

The last part of the collection consists of rough drafts of manuscripts written by Mabel Hill (Paul Hill’s daughter) and D.R. Burleigh in 1936 for an article on Paul Hill for Nebraska History magazine.


Paul Hill: Removal of the Potawatomi,”  Nebraska History, vol. 18, no. 1, p. 2-12.

The Burlington First Main Line,”  Nebraska History, vol. 18, no. 1, p. 13-20.

Paul Hill: Railroad Builder,”  Nebraska History, vol. 18, no. 1, p. 21-38.

Mabel Hill photo collection [RG4510]

Burlington and Missouri River Railroad in Nebraska [RG3508] (PDF)

Burlington and Missouri River Railroad. Railroad Structures [RG4064]

Thomas Doane collection [RG4354]

The Library also contains numerous publications, maps, etc. relating to the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad in Nebraska.


Subject headings:

Bellevue (Nebraska) — History

Burleigh, David Robert

Burlington and Missouri River Railroad

Council Bluff Indian Agency (Bellevue, Nebraska)

Doane, Thomas, 1821-1897

Hill Family

Hill, Mabel, 1864-1957

Hill, Paul, 1815-1895

Indians of North America — Relocation

Kearney (Nebraska) — History

Plattsmouth (Nebraska) — History

Potawatomi Indians — Relocation

Railroad companies — Nebraska

Railroad construction and maintenance

Railroads — Nebraska

Sands, Lewis H.


Revised TMM          05-03-2008