Backtracking: The Early Years: Sidney area was contractor’s paradise in late 1895 | Columns

You had to be living in a cave if you worked in construction around Sidney and weren’t working in the fall of 1895.

Homes, roads and a huge bridge were some of the many sites of work being done in the Tri-Town area.



That was one of the headlines on the front page of the Sidney Record of Oct. 12.

“Building and digging cellars is all the rage just now in Sidney,” readers learned. “Everybody is in the swim. New buildings are poking up everywhere. Just take a drive around town and see for yourself. When we make out our list of new buildings for this year, it will be found that they number at least 75. The most encouraging feature is the fact that we have long passed the era of dugouts and goat shanties. The class of buildings now going up are

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