Upstream Metropolis: An Urban Biography of Omaha and Council Bluffs

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  • Copyright: 2007-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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From its birth as interdependent towns on the Missouri River frontier to its emergence as a metropolis straddling two states, OmahaCouncil Bluffs has been one of the great urban construction projects in the nation's history.Upstream Metropolisprovides the first comprehensive history of this unique urban region that ranks 60th among the 370 major metropolitan areas in the United States. Drawing on local newspapers and historical archives, the authors deliver an anecdote-rich account of how and why a large metropolitan area developed in this spot. They also explain why it grew so bigand no biggerbut could never have remained two small towns. Upstream Metropolisis an urban biography of the highest order, tracing the lives of two cities, which though divided by a river, the problems of a state line, and inevitable rivalry, have always been inextricably linked. This discussion moves from the freewheeling frontier days to the times of farming and railroads, examining influences such as the populist movement, the meatpacking industry, immigration, and ethnicity. The highly readable result is a pioneering contribution to the history of urbanization in America.

Author Biography

Lawrence H. Larsen is professor emeritus of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Barbara J. Cottrell is an archivist with the National Archives-Central Plains Region. She and Larsen authored The Gate City: A History of Omaha (Nebraska 1997). Harl A. Dalstrom, professor emeritus of history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, contributed to The Gate City. Kay Calamé Dalstrom, retired from the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Department of Foreign Languages, has collaborated with Harl Dalstrom on articles about Plains history.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
The Beginning to 1854
The Council Bluffsp. 3
The Lone Tree Ferry and the Founding of Omahap. 42
Goddess and Harlotp. 72
From Small Town to Gateway Cityp. 98
Growing Pains and Public Improvementsp. 133
The Country's Centerp. 172
Urban Crosscurrentsp. 201
Into the Great Depressionp. 240
Riding Out the Stormp. 273
Since 1960
Redirectionsp. 314
Troubled Times, Quieter Timesp. 352
Reviving Council Bluffsp. 379
Groundbreaking Changesp. 399
For Further Readingp. 437
Indexp. 481
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