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' I'osioiuce, reaeral Court House una customs
House In Lincoln, Which Is Being Greatly
Enlarged to Meet the Demands of the
Continually Growing Patronage
Kj W. M. WlllTTKJf,
Secretary IJncoln Commercial Club.
HRKK thlnai there ara which
TT I Insure a city possessing- them
I la future of prosperous irrowth
no exceptional eiaouur.
These are Ite desirability aa
a city In which to do
business. In which to make one'a
horn and in which to educate one's
children, ror three are the three things
te Uve, to love and to learn which meet
con pern tha normal man because they lie
nearest to his heart and his desire.
Because of Its location in the heart of
the treat wheat, corn and grass (rowing
and meat making; country and of the net
work of railroads which connect It with
all of the i ten farms and great ranches
of tha west, the city of Lincoln. Neb.. In
A An Educational
Lincoln Is the leading educational
center of , the west, and has a
student population during the
school year of 1,000. Hero are lis
leading educational institutions:
University of Nebraska, emb'ac
Ing seven colleges, Including tha
collage of agriculture, which haw a
separata plant located two ml'.ea
cast of the main university.
Nebraska Wealeyan university,
tha eantral college of tne Meth
odist Episcopal church in tba wort.
Cotner university, founded and
maintained by tha Christian
church, a strong denomination In
Union college, headquarters In
the west of the Seventh Iay Ad
ventlsts. Nebraska Military academy.
Two large business colleges.
Three thriving conservatories ' f
Private finishing sohool for girls
assured of a volume of commerce mess
ored only by the enterprise and talent of
those who engage in business within Its
Because of Its fine, wide and ahadad
streets. Its grassy parka. Its paved bouls
varda. Its well built homes, the absence of
slums and the presence of a population
composed of those elements that enter
Into the making of an alert and progres
sive people. It Is a home city of unusual
Because of Its great tmlvsrsltles fire
tn number Its business and musical col
legee and Its compact and up-to-date
school system It offers to all who seek
the foundntlnns of a liberal education or
the finish of tha professions an oppor
tunity to select and secure what they will.
Numbered within the city and Ita en
virons are , people, men, women and
children, who have come within the eiaoe
of a few years to engage In business, to
build homes and to equip themselvss with
a rounded education.
Capital tltr of Nebraska.
All this has been accomplished In a
little more than a generation, much less
than firty years. In 1M8 the present site
of the city of Lincoln was occupied by
the small village of Incaater, a sleepy
little Inland town where had gathered
some hardy souls Intent upon pioneering
an unknown country. The conflicting
ambitions of (then) better altuated towns
within the state and tha Inability of a
majority of the peP,s to favor one city
above the other, led to the selection of
Lancaster aa the capital, located on tha
rolling prairie overlooking the valleys of
two small creeks, snd tha renaming of
the place aa Lincoln.
Mat talrk Start.
As the capital of a young but fast grow
ing state, , Lincoln at once became the
mecca for hundreds of ambitious young
persons, and within a few years tounda
tlona had been laid for an enduring civic
structure. Railroads backed by home and
foreign capital sprang Into betnf as
though by a magician's wand, and where
one already wtthln tha state's borders
showed signs of hesitating about reach
ing out across the prairies to the new
metropolis, the people offered large sub
sidies or proceeded to build connecting
lines themselves. Out of this welter of
little snd poorly-built roads there neve
been evolved five great modem railroads
which serve the city, forming a iter lee of
trade that bring vast commercial terri
tories within the reach of its business
Barly In Its life ss a city, Lincoln de
veloped Into a Jobbing center, and as the
state Increased In population, as the rail
roads were extended and aa agriculture
multiplied, this form of commerce, linked
with manufacturing In dosena of lines, be
came a dominant factor In Its growth.
As the (evils!, the city became and re
mains the political center of the stats.
Ths University of Nebraska followed
shortly after the selection of Lincoln
ss the capital, and Its growth hss run
far and fast ahead of that of the state
Itself ss Individual wealth piled up and
the belief In a strong eduoatlonal system
grew. Ths dominance of sericulture ss
the greet, business of the stats early led
to the founding close to the city of a
giant agricultural college and school,
where hundreds of boys from the farm
are taught everything there Is to know
about their business. To Insure the
stability of Its sducatlonal Institutions a
large part of the agricultural domain was
early set aside as school, university and
agricultural lands. From salea and
rentals a fund, Invested In bonds and
amounting now to 110,000,000, has been
collected and there yet remain thousands
of acres as the Inheritance of the educa
tional system of the state.
The IJncoln of 1970 numbered a thousand
or two souls, clustered about a combination
business and residence) district that was
less than a mils square. Today the city
proper has an area of eight square miles,
and within five miles of the postoffice
68,000 people live and labor. Ths one-story
frame store buildings with flaring fronts
of plonesr days have been replaced with
modern business blocks, ranging In height
to eight stories, equipped with all modern
devices for comfort and quick dispatch
and filled with merchandise of quality
and worth. The Illy-equipped cottage of
the pioneer has vanished and In Ita plaoa
are found the bung-alow, the fine resi
dence and the palatial mansion. There
are no rookeries where the shiftless and
the unlucky seek refuge, no districts
where vice and crime are given quasi
license to flourish and to prey. The Lin
coln of today enjoys a prosperity so well
distributed that it is equally as well
famed for the absence of Knob hill pal
aces as it Is for the absence of slums.
Within the eight square mllea of ter
ritory are to be found sixty-three miles
of paved streets, sixty-five miles of street
railways' and ninety-five mllea of sewers.
It owns Its own water plant and Ita own
street lighting plant. It has also branched
nut Into commercial lighting, and through
the competition thus given hss given
consumers ths lowest electrlo rates pos
sible In a citjr of any considerable area.
Ita street csr system tnetntalns up-to-date
cars upon schedules faster than
those of other cities of its else, and by
reason of ths oompaotness of the bualnese
district snd ths spreading character of
the residence sections few honvw are
beyond a fifteen minutes' ride to business
and a few e&rs are overcrowded.
The toll of tha prairie upon which Lin
coln Is located Is so gentle that there are
no great hills to climb, no outs through
which streets need burrow their way, no
giant cliffs up which one must toll to
reach the haven of home Just easy
grades that make riding upon the boule
vards a pleasure and that make possible
ths giving to esch home a setting of
lawn and shads that doubles Its attract,
Neither la Lincoln aet down upon a flat
and cheerless plain. Te the West Is the
valley of ths Salt, wherein sre the
greater part of the railroad yards and
around which cluster ths larger manu
factories and warehouses. On the gently
undulating rise from this valley la the
business district, which thrusts Its way
to the east, spreading fsnllke as It goes,
to be checked by the slightly elevsted
plateaus around the Antelope and that
border the Salt on the east. Thus It is
that after passing ths ram parts of ths
flat buildings, apartment and rooming
houses that 'surround the business sec
tion of every city, building sites. Ideal
and attractive, are found upon which
thousands of Lincoln people and other
Nebraakana have built comfortable and
Tba greet agricultural west. In Its real
development, is scarcely more than a gen
eration old. Tha first cltlsens of Lincoln
wore men and women with their fortunea
to make, They labored so well, not so
much with respect to themselves per
sonally aa for tha city of their adoption,
sacrificing and working so that those who
came after them might be better fitted
to make the city what In their dreama it
had been to them, that today one of the
strong "pulls" of ths city Is that which
It eserts upon the other residents of Ne
braska. Within the last ten years hun
dreds of men who had made modest for
tunes upon tha farms and in ths smaller
towns of ths state have come to Lincoln
to live. These are men whose $10 and 120
land has become $100 and (ISO land; mer
chants whose thrlTt and labor have given
them a surplus that fills their every
physical need; bankers who have gar
nered rich aheaves from the wheat fields
of fortune; lawyers and other professional
men who had made so good a start out
slds that thsy felt they could safely
challenge the competition of the city
field. Some of these newcomers had made
all the money they desired and have re
tired, but most of them retain the In
terests where their fortunes first rooted.
City's railing- Power.
It Is difficult In a paragraph to sharply
picture to the imagination the effect upon
the character of the population that this
sort of emigration has had. Few persons
move to a large city because they prefer
It aa a place of residence. The pulling
power of a big city lies In what It can
offer In the way of work for those who
are yet aeeking the bubble fortune or in
the way of Increased advantage for those
who are already well established In a line
of business. It Is from this source of
supply that a city geta Ita vigor and Its
hustle, but that which differentiates ons
city from another, which makea one more
attractive than the other, is Its power to
draw from other strata of society.
With Lincoln, which drafts the major
portions of Its population gains from the
same source as othsr large cities, there
has also rested this advantage, that It
has also been gathering the cream skim
med off other Sections of ths state.
Taken In connection with the fact that
already the elt had budded better than
the average commercial center by also
wearing Into its structure the strong fiber
of superior educational facilities, thla Im
migration has given to the populetlon a
tone and to Ita clvlo life a flavor that
raise It above the dead level of a mere
home town. A condition like this makes
for a democratic community, since It
raises the average of education and ex
perience, the sources of real learning,
and thua elevates the general level,
whereaa In most cities the tendency Is
towsrds an aristocracy of wealth on one
hand and a communism of poverty on the
other the big house on the hill and the
thatrhed cottage In the lowlands.
While the cultural advantages of Lincoln
as a residence city have been emphasised
In Its development, there has been no
neglect of- the material side. Completely
encircling the city, but within Its borders,
runs a paved boulevard. Interlaced with
dosens of other equally well-surfaced
streets, thst accommodatea a constantly
Increasing automobile pleasure traffic.
Leading out from the city In other di
rections srs other boulevards, psved part
way and tapering off Into well-dragged
and well-graded dirt roads. These lead
out to and past a dosen parks. Including
smusement resorts, grounds attached to
state Institutions and municipal recreation
Ths city maintains two parks, one In
the west section and one In the east sec
tion. The latter. Antelope park, la but
the beginning of an ambitious project
that will Inolude a wide strip of land,
partly woodland now and part of It rail
road right-of-way, running through the
city diagonally. Already Antelope park
la the mecca of thousands who find
recreation In Its leafy shades. The city
employs a bsnd to give concerts regularly
In the summer sesson. It malntalna a goo
and botanical gardens, and Is developing
all other phases of park growth. South
west of ths city Is Epworth Lake nark,
the home of the Nebraska Epworth as
sembly, where for ten daya each summer
thousands of Nebrasksns Uve the simple
life In tents and listen to programs that
excel In attractiveness any of the west
ern Chautauqua gatherings. West of the
city Is Capital Beach park, located upon
a wide spreading lake and equipped with
the usual white city amusement devices.
To the northeast are the grounds of the
Nebraska state fair, where one of the
greatest live stock and agricultural ex
positions tn the country Is held for eight
daya early each fall. On the east are
several email parks, maintained by the
atate or by suburban towns that lure hun
dreds to their cool stretches in summer
time. Lincoln holds a membership In the
Western Base Ball league, which main
tains two parka.
Ita Kdacattoatal Plant.
No city In tha west Is so well equipped
with an educational plant as Is Lincoln.
This city offers opportunity for a com
plete education, from the kindergarten up
through the high school and Into the uni
versity, and from there into any one of
the leading professions. The secondary
schools consists of twenty-eight publlo
and private schools. A new high school
building that Is the latest word in con
struction and in devices for effective
work, and which will cost nearly three
quarters of a million, la nearlng com
pletion. Sixteen ward school buildings
house the remainder of the 18,000 school
children. The parochial side of educa
tion is given strong emphasis In the
schools of Linooln. The fact that so
large a percentage of children leave
school before they complete the grades
In every city baa been recognised hare
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City Building, Located on Federal 8quare,
la Which tbe Several Departments ot City
Government Are Housed.
and an effort made to meet the condi
tions. Instead of seeking to combat a
situation that has Its bssls in economic
conditions, ths school management baa
substituted practical studies for the theo
retical. Not only are the boys snd girls
fn the grades being tsught things, the
knowledge of which will become of prac
tical value to them Just as soon aa they
leave sohool, but they have been organised
Into a Junior civic and Industrial league,
whose 2.700 members are periodically
shown through the great industries of the
city and made acquainted, through talks
and Illustrations, with how Industry is
organized, what each one offers In the
way of pay and opportunity and what
problems and chances they face. In sim
ilar practical ways are they taught how
they are governed through the stats,
county and city administrations.
To add attractiveness and Interest to
the task of gaining an education 1.200
home and school gardens are cultivated;
there are fully equipped playgrounds at
twelve buildings; three summer recrea
tion centers are maintained and domes
tlo science and manual training given
unusual prominence In the curriculum.
In ths hours when the city plant Is not
running, pre-vocatlonal and night schools
occupy the buildings, and at other hours
they are made use of as social centers.
In addition there are high-class private
and parochial schools, a military academy
with a nation-wide reputation, two splen
did business colleges, several conserva
tories with staffs recruited from the best
known musical centers of the world, and
other colleges where concert singing,
dramatlo art and oratory are taught A
dental college is also an adjunct of a
As m University Town.
- Located In suburbs Immediately adjoin
ing Lincoln are the Nebraska Wealeyan
university, the leading college of that
denomination In the west, with an enroll
ment exceeding S6I; Cotner university.
maintained largely by the Christian!
church denomination, where KK students!
pursue knowledge, and Union college, the'
western denominational university of the
Seventh Day Adventlsts, and where 3M
students are fitted for missionary and
other church activities. 1
Ths capsheaf of Lincoln's educational
structure Is the University of Nebraska.
At the last election the voters of the;
stste were asked to determine whether
they wished the university to be extended
upon its downtown campus or to be con
solidated with the State Agricultural
school upon the farm campua. en tha
eastern border of the city. They over
whelmingly voted against consolidation,
and at tbe same time authorised the
(Continued on Psge Seven Column One.)
A$ a Political
Lincoln Is the political center ot
a larger area than any other city
in the United States, due largely to
the fact that It la the home ot
Hon. W. J. Bryan, secretary of
state, who was thrloe honored as
a democratic nominee tor the pres
idency. At Lincoln are located:
The atate capltol.
The State Historical society
Ths state penitentiary.
The State Orthopedlo hospital.
Ths stste fair.
The governor's mansion.
Tbe State Hospital for the -tisane
(one of three).
Three-fourths of ' the state po
litical conventions are held in Lin
coln, and all of the atate officers
. are required by law to maintain
residences in the city.
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