in praise of table rock
All about Table Rock and why it's so great!
"A.S.B." reported on a Trip to Table Rock in a September 1859 edition of the Nebraska Advertiser of Brownville. Over the rivers and creeks, over two "divides" to Kirkham's Cove. Then, after dark, with the road dim, by the lights of a distant village -- Table Rock -- one comes across the Table Rock Mills. By morning, the Table Rock itself is described in great detail. A substantial bridge across the Nemaha. Friendly townspeople with nary a "drinking saloon" in the place.
The Atchison & Nebraska Railroad sent its first train through Table Rock in 1871. Thereafter, and especially the late 1870s, the railroad actively campaigned for "emigrants," giving reduced rates for those who would travel the trails in search of new homes near the rail line.
An official from Indiana wrote from Table Rock about his trip there. "I tell you, it looks like living out here." He talks about the brick and clay industry, mentions the park, and more. This article is from the Huntington (Indiana) Herald.
This October 1927 article reports that the Table Rock Telephone Company has sold the Table Rock exchange. It then describes Table Rock toward the end of showing that Table Rock is an "alert, energetic little town":
"Table Rock is situated in a very rich farming territory, having the valley of the Nemaha in its widest area. The upland is also noted for the richness of its soil.
It is the junction of two main lines of the Burlington Railroad, one from Kansas City to Denver, the other from St. Louis, St. Joseph to Lincoln and on to Billings, both of those lines meeting in the Nemaha valley. The business section of Table Rock is built on two sides of a large park forming a square. This has been developed into one of the beauty spots of Nebraska.
A rich deposit of shale at Table Rock has built up the brick and tile industry there and enables Table Rock to make brick and tile of exceptional quality.
Some of the business enterprises which contribute to the prosperity of Table Rock are the Burlington roundhouse and shops employing about 40 men, a new cheese factory, a municipal water system, paved streets, the weekly Table Rock Argus, splendid schools, and two splendidly-equipped hotels.
Mayor W. M. Linn has held office for ten years, illustrating the confidence of the citizens of Table Rock in his business-like administration.
It is indeed an alert, energetic little town. .....
Some of the people mentioned: E. Dorland, Jr., Miss Pearl Freeman, Miss Ora Sherman, Uarda Freeman, Edna Griffing, and W. M. Linn. Industries mentioned include farming, train lines, shale, brick, and tile industries, the Burlington roundhouse and shops, a new cheese factory, a municipal water system, splendid schools, two "splendidly equipped" hotels, and the Table Rock Argus.