The stories of the late Union Stockyards, lovingly known by many as the Omaha Stockyards, are a cultural icon and marker of years gone by. In this episode, regional historian Ryan Roenfeld gives us the *beef* on the rise and fall of the Omaha Stockyards. We discuss the factors and influences that led to the stockyards’ development and rapid boom. Then, we dissect the demise of the yards and some of the economic and cultural impacts of the stockyards that remain today. As a special bonus, Ryan also shares his insight on some other Omaha historical icons, including the Old Market historical district. Even if you’ll never be caught dead saying “Go Big Red,” this episode will have you feeling like an honorary Husker!