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Antioch, NE 693?? [Reno, NE]

Reno: Post office established July 23, 1888. Name changed to Antioch August 17, 1891. Possibly named for two military officers: (1) Maj. Gen. Jesse Lee Reno, Union officer during the Civil War, killed in 1862 at the battle of South Mountain, Virginia; Reno, Nevada, was named for him. (2) Maj. Marcus Reno, who participated with Gen. George Custer in the battle of the Little Bighorn. Name of Reno changed to avoid confusing mail directed to Reno, Nevada.

Antioch: Peak population (1920), 764. Post office name changed from Reno August 1, 1891. Town named by the family of W.G. Wilson after a town in Iowa or Ohio from which they had come. Five potash factories in the area made Antioch a boom town during World War I.
Ref:
Perkey's Nebraska Place Names, Elton A. Perkey. Published by J. & L. Lee Co., 1995, Revised Edition.

Latitude: 42.03.31, Longitude: -102.16.31
Photos from Brian Garner


antioch-1.jpg (56979 bytes)
date unknown, Antioch, NE, note the little white church and what
appears to be building construction in the foreground.

1917 photo of Antioch, Nebraska
1917 view of Antioch, NE. Click image for large version.

American Potash Company, Antioch, Nebraska
American Potash Company, Antioch, NE

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