You think you know this city, and then a 145-year-old scalp smacks you in the face.
The Omaha hairpiece in question once belonged to an Englishman named William Thompson.
On a recent day, I don white gloves and pick up his brown locks because they have taken a stranger-than-fiction journey, ending right here in a fourth-floor room at the downtown library.
Longtime Omahans are nodding now, recalling a school field trip, staring at a scalp inside a bell jar, and then maybe having nightmares for the next week.
For newer residents, let’s get you up to speed: Exactly 145 years ago today, Thompson lost his scalp to a Cheyenne warrior’s blade — and lived to tell about it.