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Hartford: Calhoun Printing Co., [circa 1855]. Broadsheet circular, 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, printed on thin blue paper. Three old horizontal fold lines. A couple small stains in the edges, light edgewear. Very good. In a folding cloth case, gilt leather label. A rare circular for a Nebraska port town that never came to fruition. Otoe County, Nebraska, located in the southeastern part of the state, against the Missouri River, was formed in 1854. The county seat, Nebraska City, was incorporated in 1855, and was a busy port town, with much steamboat traffic and a large slave population. This rare circular appears to have been issued around the time of Nebraska City's boom, and seeks to build a competing town a few miles north on the Missouri, near the mouth of the Platte, at Bennett's Ferry. The Union Settlement Company announces in this circular that it has already acquired the land, "containing the greatest natural and local advantages on the Upper Missouri," and is laying out a town plan. The town's location is touted, and its natural advantages and soil and mineral qualities are described. The price of shares is given as $10, and no person is allowed to hold more than ten shares. OCLC locates one copy of this circular, at Yale, which also has another undated Otoe City prospectus with a map. That prospectus, printed by Phair & Company in New York, is promised as forthcoming at the conclusion of the text in this circular, and so the present circular would seem to be the earlier Otoe City promotional. Fine evidence of the push of emigration and town building in the antebellum West. OCLC 54164309, Bookseller Inventory # 1247

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