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The following descriptions appeared Sunday 5 June 1887 in the Lincoln Journal. This as an "immigrant issue" intended to provide the towns of Nebraska with an opportunity to attract new residents.


Located in Cheyenne County, on Union Pacific Railroad --
Three Hundred and Seventy-Three Miles From Lincoln --
Population, One Hundred and Twenty-Five.

    Potter is located eighteen miles west of Sidney, and nineteen miles east of Kimball.  It is a station on the main line of the Union Pacific railway.  Up to the spring of 1885, the depot, water tank and section house constituted Potter.  The population of Potter is about 125.  There are thirty-three buildings in town, which are distributed as follows: Two hotel and boarding houses, one general store, one dry goods and millinery, one grocery, one hardware, two agricultural implement houses, one blacksmith shop, one furniture, one bank, one land office, one lumber office, one livery barn, balance residences.  The country being very new -- only settled some fifteen months -- no shipments of grain or produce have been made.  There is yet a large body of free govenment land that can be taken as homesteads and pre-emptions also, a large body of cheap railroad land.
    The climate is salubrious and an abundance of water is obtained at an easy depth.  Timber is found eighteen miles north of town on a creek.  The past season was dry, yet the crops were quite good.  Corn yielded as high as forty-two bushels per acre; potatoes about 100 bushels per acre; millet two and a half tons per acre.
    Potter is fortunately located as a trading point the county that must always be tributary to it consisting of rich agricultural lands.  These lands are being rapidly settled upon by a  thrivy [thrifty] class of people.
    Wells of water can be had on the divides north and south of Potter at a depth ranging from 100 to 250 feet.  The supply of water is pure and abundant.  The quality of the soil on these divides is unsurpassed.
    Potter is known throughout the west as a strictly temperance town.  The Methodist, Episcopal and English, Evangelical Luthern churches each have a society here.  No town in the west offers better inducements in the way of religious, educational and social advantages.  The pride of the village is her public school building, which was erected last year at a cost of about $2,000.  It is a neat two story building, consisting of two commodious school rooms, with necessary halls and cloak rooms.  In the scope of country tributary  to Potter are yet to be found homesteads for 300 families.  There are numerous openings for business, as business is not overdone, the country being in advance the town.

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