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Nebraska State Gazetteer, Business Directory and Farmers List for 1890-91
J. M. Wolfe & Co., Publishers, 509-510 Paxton Block 1890 (Omaha, NE)

Entered according to act of Congress in the year of 1890, by J. M. Wolfe & Co.
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York, this energetic and prosperous city with a population of 4,500, is located at the geographical center and is the county seat of York county. The location is auspicious and the site most beautiful. The business portion of the city is situated in the valley of the Beaver, which at this point extends back about a mile from the stream, and from which the ground rises on all sides by a gentle slope, to an eminence overlooking some of the business portion of the city. Upon this elevated ground, and confronting each other across the valley, are many fine, costly and elegant residences. The country surrounding York is exceedingly rich, highly cultivated and productive. Three great railroads entering here, give the city superior railway facilities. They are The Nebraska City to Newcastle branch of the B. & M. R. R., the Fairbury and Stromsburg branch of the U. P. Ry., and the York and Hastings line of the F. E. & M. V. R. R. A street railway connects the two depots. The business part of the city is lighted by electricity. The improvements made during a comparatively short time are extraordinary. The court house, a very imposing brick and stone edifice, cost $76,000; the Masonic block $50,000, Central block $35,000, a school building $25,000, a new brick hotel, the LeGrand, B Crabb & Co, proprietors, cost $25,000, the Methodist church $20,000, the Presbyterian church $15,000 and private residences to the value of over $75,000. The college of the United Brethren has recently been removed from Gibbon to this place, and will soon erect suitable buildings. The York Foundry & Engine Co, do a large and increasing business in mill and elevator supplies, engines, boilers, etc.; the steam roller mills have a capacity of 80 barrels per day; a canning factory in active operation has a capacity of 500,000 cans, a water power mill, four steam elevators, and two more about to be built, two brick yards, three printing offices, two extensive nurseries, a fence factory, marble works and various other industries are in active operation; also a number of hotels and two banks. Two daily papers are published here, the York News and the Times, and several weeklies. A number of fine churches have been erected. The denominations represented are the Congregational, Lutheran, Methodist, Christian, Catholic, Baptist, Swedish Evangelical and Free Church. Societies: G. A. R., A. F. & A. M., R. A. M., I. O G. T., I. O. O. F., M. W. A., A. O. U. W., K. of L., K. of P. and W. R. C.


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