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"1885/86 Plattsmouth Business Gazetteer"
|Plattsmouth, Cass CO. NE
Beautifully located on the high bluffs of the Missouri River,
21 miles south of Omaha, and 54 miles from Lincoln, is the city
of Plattsmouth, judicial seat of Cass County. Plattsmouth has
an assessed valuation of $900,000, and a population of 6,000.
Its schools, churches, business blocks and manufactories are of
a high order, while its favorable elevations afford charming
sites for residences and an expansive view of the river, valley
and distant bluffs on the Iowa side. The high school building,
situated on one of the highest eminences is a prominent
landmark, well adapted to educational requirements, and it will
compare favorably with any similar institution in the state.
The B. & M. R. R. [railroad] has here its initial point, as
well as extensive machine and repair shops. A fine bridge gives
this road connection with the C. B. & Q. [railroad] system east
of the river. This is of steel, 2,900 feet in length, the two
main spans having a length of 400 feet each and is suspended 60
feet above the water's surface, The piers are sunk to bedrock,
fifty feet below water mark, and the structure is one of the
most substantial examples of engineering skill to be found upon
the river. The constant employment of over 500 men in the
machine shops of the B. & M. [railroad] is a great advantage to
the laboring classes, the average disbursements of this company
being over $35,000 per month. There are seventeen acres
enclosed, eight of which are occupied by buildings, three round
houses having a capacity of sixty engines. The Plattsmouth
foundry and machine shop is a prominent factor in the
manufacturing business. Large elevators, extensive flouring
mills and a canning factory are in prosperous condition, and
afford employment to many persons. A fine system of water
works, adequate to the increasing needs of the city, is to be
introduced this season. The Electric light is already in use.
During the past year a $10,000 bank building, a $5,000 store,
and a new
|school building have been erected, and new buildings
already contracted for will be completed at an early day,
including two brick stores to cost $5,000 and $6,000
respectively. Banks doing business in the city are; The Bank of
Cass County, capital $50,000, surplus $35,000, C.
H.Parmele, pres., J. M. Patterson, cashier; The
citizens' bank, authorized capital $100,000. Paid up
capital $50,000, John Black, president, W. H.
Cushing, Cashier, and the first National Bank, capital
$50,000, surplus $ 11,000. The Newspapers of Plattsmouth
contribute no little to the reputation of the town by their
able and constant advocacy of its various interests. The
Plattsmouth Herald, daily and weekly, is published by a stock
company, of which R. B. Windham is manager. This paper
is republican in politics. The Plattsmouth Journal, Sherman
& Cutright, Proprietors, is a daily paper conducted in the
interest of the ruling party. Both these journals enjoy a
liberal patronage and have a wide circulation in southeastern
Nebraska. The hotels are: The Perkins House, where the traveler
receives good attention. It is a handsome three-story brick
structure containing about 70 rooms. The City Hotel also does a
good business. There are several other public houses doing a
good business. Church facilities are ample, the following
denominations having houses of worship: Lutheran, Rev. Jno.
Frank, pastor; Catholic, Rev. T. J. Carney,
Pastor; Methodist, Rec. W. B. Alexander, pastor;
Christian, Rev. G. B. Mullis, pastor; Episcopal, H. B.
Burgess, pastor, and Presbyterian, J. T. Baird,
pastor. The secret societies having organized bodies here are:
Plattsmouth Lodge, No. 6, A. F. & A. M., Niobrara Chapter, No
3, R. A. M.; Mount Zion Commandry, No 5. K. T: Platte
Encampment, No 3, I.O.O. F.; Knights of Honor, No 1043, and
McConihe Post, No 45, G.A.R.
- Mayor - J. D. Simpson
- Clerk - C. H. Smith
- Treasurer - J. H. Waterman
- Attorney - Hon. I. M. Chapman
- Marshal - W. H. Mellick.
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