could be Buffalo's crossing the platte

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Today is:

Settling Kearney

[Corporate limits & platted sections are two different things.
Land within the corporate limits of a town may not have been platted into lots or acreages yet]

I. Corporate Limits

Apr. 11, 1871 – Junction of Burlington & Missouri Railroad and Union Pacific designated

Nov. 30, 1872 – Village of Kearney Junction was incorporated – corporate limits were included in the application to the county.

Bassett says their petition asked for:
        sections 1, 2, 3, 10, 11 and 12, township No. 8, range No. 16
        sections 24, 25, 26, 27, 34; 35 and 36, township No. 9 range No. 16
        also the territory extending southward to the channel of the Platte River

            Platte River north to 56th St.; Ave N west to 30th Ave
            [12 sections + 1/2, 1/3, & Ό of 3 sections on river]

            Ave N to 2nd Ave, 56th to 70th St.
            [1 section]

        sections 6 and 7, township No. 8, range No. 16;
        sections 30, 31, township No. 9, range No. 15,

            Riverdale Road to Evergreen Road, Platte River to 56th St.
            [8 sections because these four on the west side are double sections.]
            [about half of two sections from Section 7 to the river]

        [Total about 22 sections of land]

Bassett doesn’t say if that is what was approved.

II. Original Town of Kearney Junction

a. Land ownership
1. B&MR usual practice
            Send 4 men out to place claims on the four quarters of a section
            They build a 4-room house in the center
            They sell their land to the B&MR land company

        2. In Buffalo County - Section 2 claimed by James & George Smith and 2 other men
            [2nd Ave to 17th Ave --- 11th St to 25th St.]
            They build a 4-room house in the center

        3. DN Smith purchased Section 1 (east of Section 2)
            [2nd Ave to Ave N --- also 11th to 25th St]

        4. B&MR land company purchased Smith Bros. claims in Nov. 1871
            Purchased one other claim in February 1872

        5. B&MR now owned all the land in Sections 1 & 2 that the UP railroad crossed

        6. September 1, 1872 - The Burlington completed the junction with the Union Pacific

                In Section 1

        7. The Burlington built a union station at the junction point but the UP refused to stop
            Continued to stop at the Junction House station on section No. 2

        8. September 14, 1872 – B&MR sold half its land the UP

b. Original Town
        Apr. 11, 1871 – junction designated
        Summer 1871- Anselmo B. Smith surveyed Section 1 into city lots
        Section 1 [N-2nd Ave, 11th-25th St]
        October 27, 1871 - Original plat filed for record in the county clerk's office.

        First settlement near the junction
        1st lot given to Louisa Collins
        May 15, 1873 - The first 4 lots of record sold to L. R. More
        [That may not necessarily be the date of sale, just the date of record.]

III. Perkins and Harford Addition
        Never lived in Kearney – Minneapolis business men
        WW Patterson sold real estate through them
            – he had spent several years in Minneapolis

        a. Location –
July, 1872 - D. N. Smith bought the east half of section 35 from the Union Pacific

            [2nd Ave to alley between 9th & 10th St. --- 25th – 39th St]

            then he sold it to Perkins and Harford.

            August, 1872 - Perkins and Harford had Anselmo B. Smith survey and plat into city lots
                As Perkins and Harford's first and second additions

                [automatically a part of Kearney Junction because it was within the corporate limits]

        b. Events
            1. September 20, 1872 - first deed of record for a lot in the Town of Kearney Junction -

                Rev. Wm. Morse, Perkins and Harford Addition.

            2. October 1, 1872 – deed to L. R. More, 2 lots in Perkins and Harford Addition.

            3. Dec. 27, 1872 – Birth of first Kearney baby, Luman Jay, son of Evan Jay.
                (not officially the first baby since he lived outside the city limits)

                Four months later a child was born within the village limits
                Named Kearney Clark
                    “In the early days Perkins & Harford, a real estate firm, offered a corner business lot

                        to the first child born within the corporate limits.”

            4. August 7, 1876 – Third Ward Park block donated to the city
                Original part of Harmon Park - 5th and 6th Avenues and 29th and 30th Streets
                Given "for the sole and only purpose of a public park for the use and benefit of the inhabitants

                    of said city," according to the deed.”

IV. South Kearney Addition
        Northwest quarter of section 12

        2nd Ave to alley between Ave F & G --- 11th St. south to Turkey Creek by Ramada

        September, 1872 - Asbury Collins had surveyors residing at Lowell, Neb., survey the northwest quarter

        of section 1 as the South Kearney addition to Kearney Junction.

        This is also where Collins filed his homestead claim

V. School Section Addition
1. Section 36 - The section directly north of the Original Town, Section 1

            [25th St. to 39th St --- Ave. N to 2nd Ave.]

        2. The B & MR as the South Platte Land Company probably intended to gain possession of this section.

        3. Nebraska school lands were the responsibility of county boards.

        4. Buffalo County commissioners would not permit the sale.

        5. April 2, 1872 - A. Collins appointed agent for the county to notify all parties not to occupy or erect

            buildings on section 36

        6. The section was surveyed into lots and acreage property.

        7. June, 1873 - county board appointed 3 men to appraise the value of these lots

        8. 1874--the lots were sold at public auction

Also noted in passing --

Sept 6, 1890 – There had been a school bond issue, which passed.
        A man who had been opposed to it had spent $1 to have tickets against the bonds printed. [fliers??]
        Then he calculated how much his taxes would be raised and what he would pay in the next five years in added tax.
        It was less than the dollar printing cost he had paid.
        Not only would he have been better off not opposing the bond, “now he is doubly out.”


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