Back in the 1870's, John J. Cozad was traveling west on the Union Pacific Railroad when he saw a sign in the middle of Nebraska that read...100th meridian.
It impressed him as a favorable site for a town. So he organized a group of people back in Ohio which he soon brought to this location and founded the town that was named after him.
When Cozad moved from Cincinnati, Ohio to Dawson County in 1873, he brought with him an 8 year old son who would later become a famous artist known at Robert Henri.
Jan Patterson is the executive director of the Robert Henri Museum, "Every man that ever met Henri wanted to emulate him, paint like him, walk like him, be like him and every woman he met him fell in love with him."
In 1883, Henri left Cozad and enrolled in an art school in Philadelphia, and then studied 3 years in Paris.
Henri pioneered realistic paintings and believed artists should have freedom of expression in art.
From 1915 to 1927, Henri was a popular and influential teacher at the Art Students League of New York. He died in New York City in 1929.