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About The Omaha morning bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 1922-1927 | View Entire Issue (July 6, 1922)
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A few primitie slaughter boutet, tome wooden pent and hay rack,
a tiny exchange building and hardly more than a dozen (mall frame
structure made up Omaha's stock yards on its organization In
1883. The small picture shows a crudely executed drawing of
the yards, made shortly after they were established. The large
picture gives some idea of the immense sice of the stock yards
today. Omaha shipped $158,040,084 worth of packing house
products last year: '
All photoirapbs in this tcrlm donated
to the merchants of Omaha by Louis R.
Bootwick. commercial photographer.
All the charm of fiction, with all
the interest of facts, has the story
of the live stock industry of Omaha.
The Civil War, which brought the
telegraph to Omaha, also was re
sponsible for the beginning of the live
stock industry here. When the Creigh
tons were building the telegraph line
across the western plains, an early fall
blizzard forced them to abandon their
oxen and cattle, and hasten back to
Omaha for the winter.
On returning in the spring they found their cattle
not dead of exposure to the winter's storms, but
sleek and fat, healthy and in prime condition. So it was
learned that the high altitudes of western Nebraska, north
ern Colorado and Wyoming were favorable to the raising
of live stock.
Many a regret has been expressed for the passing
of the immense buffalo herds of the '50s and '60s.
True, they are gone, but the number of meat animals that
go through Omaha's stock yards annually more than equals
the greatest number of buffalo ever located at one time
between the Missouri river and the Rocky mountains. May,
1922, saw more than 700,000 head of cattle, sheep and
hogs handled here.
The Omaha Stock Yards is admirably equipped
for the handling of huge quantities of live stock.
Acres of roofed and brick-paved pens, furnished with run
ning water and other facilities for the efficient and safe
handling of stock .are provided. The ease with which this
vast business is cared for is amazing to one not familiar
Ten thousand and more names are on the com
bined payrolls of the stock yards, packing houses
and allied industries of Omaha. Many thousands of dollars
daily go in wages and salaries to these men, whose efforts
are bent to keeping tHe great live stock industry moving
smoothly. From them the stream of money is diverted
into the general business channels of the community.
The Omaha Bee comes into contact with these
men, also, meeting them in their homes, where
they scan the printed pages with the eager glances of active
minds, intent on learning of what is transpiring in the
world. Here, too, the advertisements are scrutinized, for
these meivare careful as well as liberal buyers, and are not
easily moved by surface exhibits. They want to know what
is back of any promise that is made, and are keen to rec
ognize a proffered bargain.
The Omaha Bee affords a direct liaison with
these men, for the paper circulates among the
farmers and stock raisers and feeders, all over the terri
tory. They find in The Omaha Bee not only the news of
the markets, but also the news of the stores; not only what
they may get for what they have to sell, but what they will
be expected to pay for what-they want to buy. Such serv
ice is of inestimable value to these men from out of town.
Shrewd business men realize it, and take advantage of
the opportunity afforded by The Omaha Bee's ability to
reach such a desirable class of patrons.
This is the fifth of a scries of advertisements on Omaha, "The Retail Market," dedicated to
the merchants of Omaha by The Omaha Morning Beej THE EVENING BEE
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