Nebraska Authors

Joel Williamsen

Born NE (USA)

Former Nebraskan Joel Williamsen spearheaded the effort to get a Nebraska State Historical Marker placed at the site of an 1894 train wreck that killed 11 people near Lincoln, Nebraska. The marker was unveiled on August 9, 2010, 116 years after the terrible accident. Williamsen wrote a fictionalized account of the train wreck in his book Barrelhouse Boys, published in 2009.

Places Lived

Alder Grove, NE
Lincoln, NE
Huntsville, AL
Washington, D.C.
Alexandria, WV

Author Of

  • Fiction


Historical Fiction; Nebraska Subjects


High School Diploma, Oakland-Craig High School, Oakland, NE
Bachelors Degree in Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D., University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL


Spacecraft and Weapons Evaluator

Places Worked

Institute for Defense Analysis, Alexandria, WV


Barrelhouse Boys. 2009.

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