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By Lawrence H. Larsen

From its delivery as interdependent cities at the Missouri River frontier to its emergence as a city straddling states, Omaha–Council Bluffs has been one of many nice city building tasks within the nation’s background. Upstream city offers the 1st finished heritage of this special city sector that ranks sixtieth one of the 370 significant metropolitan components within the usa. Drawing on neighborhood newspapers and ancient information, the authors carry an anecdote-rich account of the way and why a wide metropolitan region built during this spot. additionally they clarify why it grew so big—and no bigger—but may perhaps by no means have remained small towns. Upstream city is an city biography of the top order, tracing the lives of 2 towns, which notwithstanding divided by means of a river, the issues of a nation line, and inevitable contention, have continually been inextricably associated. This dialogue strikes from the freewheeling frontier days to the days of farming and railroads, analyzing impacts equivalent to the populist circulation, the meatpacking undefined, immigration, and ethnicity.  The hugely readable result's a pioneering contribution to the heritage of urbanization in the United States. (20080901)

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Accordingly, upon leaving Locust Creek, the Camp of Israel headed northwest, then west, and along the way developed two farm settlements. By early June, improved weather enabled the Mormons to move quickly along an Indian path westward, and on June 13 their first units reached Indian and Mosquito creeks along what is now the south edge of Council Bluffs. The next day, the main group of the Camp of Israel reached the point where the river bluffs opened onto the Missouri valley. G:C<6II=:8DJC8>A7AJ;;H Given their harsh experiences, many Mormons were not well disposed toward their fellow Americans.

2 2 | I =: 7 : <>C C >C <ID   However, by the mid-1830s overtrapping and a declining national and European market marked the passing of the brief heyday of Rocky Mountain beaver trapping. In about 1839, Lucien Fontenelle, though less than forty years of age, died at Bellevue, his last years plagued by debt, and his health apparently undermined by alcohol. The death of this man who symbolized the linkage of Bellevue to the Rocky Mountains via the Platte valley paralleled the virtual end of the Rocky Mountain fur business.

As a church leader, Hyde knew that Kanesville would not be the permanent abode of the Saints, but like other frontier newspapermen, he boosted his community and chronicled its development. I=:8DJC8>A7AJ;;H | 35 In October 1849 he noted that Kanesville had six big stores for supplying travelers, ten mills, two ferries, and a variety of wagon shops, public houses, and other providers of goods and services. Hyde provided guidance to west-bound Mormons and was a source of information for other travelers.

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