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Old Republican City
Nebraska Pictures

Courtesy Erma (Cassell) Kammerer
and Kristi (Kammerer) Kreuscher

Edited by Patti (Richter) Simpson June 2001

In May 2001, Kristi Kreuscher, Grand-daughter of Erma Kammerer, was kind enough to allow me to borrow and copy several pictures of "old" Republican City. These old photos are a part of Erma Cassell Kammerer's collection. They are priceless glimpses of the old town that was moved to make room for the building of the Harlan County Dam in the 1950's. Thank you Kristi for allowing me to publish these great photos belonging to your late Grandmother, Erma Kammerer.

Street view of Old Republican City, Nebraska. At east end of Main Street on the south side the
Ranger's (newspaper) office was the corner building as long as there was a city paper.



Bird's eye view of Republican City.


North side (left): Garver's Garage with town's first gas pump; Little Cream Station;
building that was Shan Wintersteen Meat Market; Vern Cassell and Jess Achen's Store;
Pete Kerr's Cafe; Auditorium; and Bank.

South side (right): Foster's Filling Station; Frank Peterson Harness Shop; Fire Station;
Central Office; Capp's Barber Shop.



Depot, Republican City.



Furnas Street. Bandstand in center. Left is Opera House; Luce's Drug Store,
William's Store. Across street west is where the bank was built in 1918.


Looking east from Bandstand intersection. Jim Bash and Kissel boy in
Jim Thomas's car - 2nd car in town. Tall building is Gillespie Store before remodeling about 1908.











The new Commercial Bank,
Republican City, NE.

A small house to the west (left) of bank was Frank Peterson's home and Harness Shop.
The Auditorium was later built there.










Road in foreground to the River Bridge.
Picture taken before winter of 1922-23 when tall building in background burned.



Mill Creek - Later Massey's. One of the many small floods of Mill Creek.
This is how the floods used to be before the infamous June 1, 1935 flood that came with great force.



The Post Office with Charley Whitney Postmaster 1897-1914 and
Myrtle Dyer, Clerk. McPherson Real Estate office just east of it.


Cottage Hotel - located northeast of Depot in Republican City.




This was a dorm for the College at time of picture.
Before that it was the Burlington Hotel.



Republican City School District #1, June 17, 1915.



Republican City School District #1.
Taken about 1910. Torn down in 1916 for new brick one.





Methodist Church. No doubt oldest picture of church.



M.E. Church. Bottom left - corner fence of Swayne's yard.
Arrow indicates large house that Brown Gifford moved to
river bank and remodeled. (Young's rooming house).
Ranger Office on corner far right.



M.E. Church, Republican City, NE.



Buffalo Bills Cave - located west of Indian Hill Road,
south of Republican River. Picture taken about 1908-1910.


An ad for the local newspaper.





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