Nebraska Authors

John Bratt

Born 1842-08-09 Dorset (ENGLAND)

Died 1918-06-15
North Platte, NE (USA)

North Platte, NE (USA)
North Platte Cemetery

John Bratt arrived in Nebraska in 1865 after leaving business ventures in Manchester, England and Chicago, Illinois. He took up work as a so-called "bull-whacker" for an ox-team based freighting company out of Nebraska City. In 1869 he was hired as a book keeper by the Coe and Carter Cattle Company, an expanding business running cattle herds in Lincoln County, Nebraska out of headquarters near Ft. McPherson, Nebraska. He later formed John Bratt and Company with Coe and Carter and ran between ten and fifteen thousand head of cattle in the area out of his own ranch southeast of North Platte. When homesteaders began to make old fashioned ranching difficult, Bratt retired from ranching and acquired other business, including North Platte stockyards, and real estate and insurance businesses. He served two terms as North Platte's mayor and as a commissioner of Frontier County. There are John Bratt Collections at the Nebraska State Historical Society and at the Autry Library, Autry National Center Institute for the Study of the American West, Los Angeles, CA.


Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
North Platte, NE

Author Of

  • Biography


Memoirs; Pioneer Life - Nebraska; Ranching History; Western Trails


Insurance Agent
Real Estate Agent
Mayor of North Platte

Places Worked

City of North Platte, North Platte, NE


Trails of Yesterday. 1921. In HR

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