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The Omaha Sunday Bee.
HALF-TONE taoxb on to rova. FOR ALL THE NEW5 THE OMAHA BEE btST IN THE WE3T VOL. AAXlX XQ. 51. OMAHA, SUNDAY MOBXIXfl. into ' 1 1 , . T T A T TV T A TV T T a r- -r rTTZZ- nrtKKi ivi a in is ut.AU, BU T HIS WORK GOES ( Completion of Munificent New Headquarter, Building in Omaha Will Mark an Important Epoch in Union Pacific History v r r I I iRk rm I . i mm m i fx.-'A i "";. v i t t:jm "-aniJi'i - I r. v-1 iy:m 'hu'Y 4 1 j 1 - I" 1 ,i . V . -v- r.' ' .V'l ' , V v - .yhj 1 I- W. : k 'LV16 Ute E- Harr,m". .at on a camp 1, "Un;bth,ng ,n front o' 8 tent in the outskirU of San tlr S uUng the 0n ,08lng bttle of his remarkable ca-w-! . Mt year r 80 wlU br,n bout ret railroad t hJ Jinn?,' ' , 6 UDln PaClflC' f0r ,nstance' 19 about T in- v. , 1" rt,n n "W h"lrter. building in Omaha, J US thCr proJec for bttrment are under way " for th.' n"?." Ulk,nS 10 a neW8PP mn who had called ror the daily health bulletin. the rrV-M 5CnCral rU,e' characteel the working days of anewlr 1h d.n y by h'" ,ndom,tabl will, which rallied T fl0dB f We8t Tex88 "unrtine-and b if to tolr J U"!!n.' h" Phy'1Cal ct,nJ'on. then the all-prevailing StSi "' aWay aDd Mr- Harrlman W88 6trangPely ready muuiuiai expansion. . Mr. Harriman is dead-but the Union prinn h.M. the Pacific by steel bands, but it remained for Orenvllle M. Dodge, rives. a-out the Union Pacific building idea sur- as chief engineer, and other men of bis type,?to actually blaze the At Fifteenth and Dodge streets Om.h. , . traU' runnln untlet all of the while of Indian bullets, for be under way, d a m.gniJce't Tweitorv IZ 1? "W " remembcred hostile warrior, resented the Invasion of tho full consonance with ?J. Conc o5 tL ,b ? Vk "T bU,Idef"' and eVCry mU f m Un,on Pac,flc ,rom Central Nebra8k outcome. importance of the road-will be the final west to Utah was built within range of Indian rifles. Wherefore, Just to what extent thi. hiMi., t. . v the men who 8tftked the route, threw up the grade, placed the ties Ute Mr HaTriman and Ju.t how ?ar itVt rrorr'r0' th' " Uld ral'8 n th ,,ne 0f danger a" tb -blle" Mr. Mohler and o hers succeed t In -f J"dge LVett' much 80 88 though they had been on th field of battle. Pacific f.mll questfon in'rwh. fhl Vu ? PWer' " Un,0n enoral Dodge' the h" 1,ved to Bee hi, pioneer project Be thaTis VTVnmt "T? ' US greatneB8- "e 18 a gran1 old man of tbe W " gresslve Oraaha rests supremely content. . , TT , , To the ordinary man of afTalrs the concur, inn r , . . " PaC,ftC authorlty w,'l hard a guess these days twelve-story building is nuntoZiu.Z !h" W buMia WlU be ready for oupatlon, but ter minds who guide Union .7? Jt ZTZ mVSSJZL?" " '8 2"u"r pS.sum; v.-. tx s22 dy rr , r rhen at uS the fiD,8hing -ke haa - merely the signal for increased 'effort Tblrl Z T L U"y 8 BttId' be a mre rnate raUway headquarters building anywhere difficulty in bidttaVoTSS bultne JS S' ?T ,a the Un,tel SUteB- Twelve "torie' u8rd " will go, with a front- done. There mly h.ve X some d.fflcu ty 17177? tT Dodge ,tWet aDd 146 feet n Flfteentb 8treet- It Is only a coincidence, yet aptly fitting that the Union pm nlnl''"'1"1, 7"! bf ' quarter "wed oa"., with marble entrance buildin should be located on DoSIe .trw t foM? b rfn tl LlTlu ft h".!"' Ctr,Cal appHance8 wll b f"ed. 'In short, name of Dodge-Genera! Grenvtlle Dode i "J " ' " P''P0Bed that n0th,ng 8ha11 b omitted whh makes for all that with building the .'rfC" ire1 " M'' th ? .tatesmen dreamed glowing day dream, of Unking the Atlantic and When , the course of event, the time come. for Union Pacific removal from the old to new, it will mark U"1I I III . III! i ' I I o 1 1 If llll : J I II I I i y ' ! , f m ....ll,l.,, n,., i, ,. n,liri- A3 HE, iPFEjD VmEN HE, LAjSr VISITED OMAH An Epoch of 1910 ) MHUtt l rS'l.iP -V.- - ... I 1 4- ... 0 I: k V ;iTi -i-J 1 - s. IT ! 1 an epoch, for around the present Union Pacific building the old Herndon house there clusters a wealth of early-day L historical lore. "All out for the Herndon house," Pio neer Jehus proudly cried of course they were proud, for wasn't the Herndon house the most prominent hostelry in Omaha? And in those days, when Omaha was a mere fringe of primitive architecture bedecking the river front, wasn't it an honor, as cabman honor is measured, to drive the Herndon house omnibus? If trick walls could talk, what a won- derrul recital of early-day Omaha life would pour forth. While not .the first hotel in Omaha, the Herndon house was the first one of a pretentious nature, and, naturally enough, it at once became the center of affairs, both social and commer cial. What the Jefferson today is to St. Louis, what the Albany is to Denver, what the Robldoux is to St. Joseph, what the Baltimore is to Kansas City, what t'ae Auditorium 1. to Chicago, what the West is to Minneapolis, what the Ryan is to St. Paul, what the Claypool is to Indian apolis, what the Loyal, the Rome, the Henshaw and other, are to Omaha of this era, the Horndon was to that Omaha of yesteryears the Omaha with the making of -which the Union Pacific had so much to do. Dr. George L. Miller, Omaha pioneer, wa. a prominent factor in bringing the Herndon house Into existence. It wa. looked upon a. .ort of a cornerstone of the coming city, and in Its day many men destined to national prominence crossed its threshold and signed their name, upon it. register. J. Sterling Morton and family boarded at the Herndon one winter and the story &itJ CEJJ.PA&SElgGE-B. AGENT A "V Tttvt FREIGHT TRAFFIC JXGR. f ' i , i -Jittjt .".-I'W,f.I-'.'-'.'.: . t Ms I. saw the doctor administering medicine and his childish mind con ceived the idea that he, too. would like to Te a doctor. Finding a bottle of medicine that someone Had cast aside, the lad doped hi. brother with a dose that almost proved fatal. The "Train Incident." which Is a tabloid way of designating the atory of ho George Francis Train became enraged at the manage mant of the Herndon house aha built a new not! fnr .nit. ,. told and retold until it is indelibly imnressed a. Y , , irom "" tlme appearance today .carcely lndi- history. indelibly Impressed a. a matter of local cate. that it wa. once the original Herndon house, owing to the fact NEW UNION PACIFIC BUILDING, A3 IT WILL APPEAR WHEN COMPLETED. The building will be occupied as follows: First floor n.r.i . . .... partments; second, rice president and general manager general VuDtlt 1" , 18 0rien 101(1 of how Jo Morton, then a 'Pftierln iS" 9aU VT'l eU,B VPJr chd. . came near taking the life IrM tt: J ' .ud.Lt9rV. !'Xth' frel,ht ud,lo-; wventh. auditor; elVhtT oasVenr.; of hU rothr, Paul. Dr. Miller was the ZH 1 ''' tenth ch,ef-eng,M" and o ventn .nAmt holTX hotel phy.ician. He paid .peclal T.tten! uun to me morion children Joy Morton Future generals, future governors, future United States senators and future cabinet officers, not to mention congressmen and lesser wuungea tne Hernaon house in its palmy days, for Omaha was then, as now. the principal gateway to the west, and the trek of man has ever been westward. Socially, the Herndon house held full sway. Even In those prim itive days of pioneering, when painted Indians were still lurking in the outskirts and when Council Bluffs still vied with Omaha for west ern gateway supremacy, there was a social side to life In Omaha and many a night the belles and beaux of the coming metropolis" Whirled Inthe giddy maze, back and forth over the freshly scrubbed ball room floor of the Herndon. Cut the historic association- of the soon-to-be vacated building I. by no means confined to the period during which it wa. used as a hotel In fact. Its tenure as hotel property was comparatively brief for other and more commodious ' hotels further "uptown" came with advancing civilization, and after a shining career of a few years along came the Union Pacific railroad au thoritles with a proposition to take the property for a headquarter, building, which was done. As a railroad building the old Place has been dignified by the pres-ence-of some of the master minds of the railroad world. The feet of Jay Gould, once the railroad king of the world, have mounted the tep. of the erstwhile Herndon house many times, for in the earlier history of Omaha visit, from Mr. Gould were by no means infrequent, and George Gould, son and succes or of the then great man. ha. a. a boy played about the hall, of the old Herndon. What will become of the hlatorlc old place when Union Pacific headquarter, are moved awayf That is an unanswered question, and it remains to be seen what use the railroad authorities will make of it. Despite the fact that the city in its onward march ha. grown away from it, the value of the ground upon which it stands Increase, year by year, and th bullding itself is in a good state of preservation in fact, it ha. been Union Pacific History Poh rO"?l "ground-breaking" Incident to Union eotructlon took place In Omaha December 3. If3- c The, '"t spade of dirt wa. brown by the late Alvln Baunder., war governor of Nebraska tit. a?.at tra,n weDt out of Omaha a distance of Sf fourmileB November H. J865. It wa. composed SiK'ml WBB ' di8tin- GefKin0" PaC,flC ,M bre th name- toryThift.rh.adM.TSedlfithe n!: r p;- i'ihV.7 a L"1" "a wa! epoch W...1...T1 T.u "l"r'- reunion or the two as signalized bv tha trtvin nr . ... . jhe "rt Union Pacific station building in Omaha stood under the hll) near the foot of Dodge street geJt in Oma'hT Unlon Pac,flc . . . ... - " vuai u na. Deen Duilt over and materially rhiinii i O - W.VUB LU the railroad and It is supposed that some sort of use will be found for it by the company. Railroad building is a prosaic occupation for the most part, but even so. there is In Uniou Pacific history much of romance and poetry. An element of the romantic tinges the story of how Indians , along the route fled awe stricken as the first train took it. we.twar flight. The shrill whistle of the locomotive wa. to their supersti tious minds like the shriek of a lost soul, and the puffing, steaming, snorting iron moneter was a thing of terror to them. Abraham Lincoln was early to. roresee the possibilities of a road to the west, and even while other national characters were inclined to look askance at the proposition, branding it as a chimerical im possible dream. In 1858 Lincoln visited Council Bluffs and discussed the situation with General Dodge, who was already engaged In mak ing preliminary surveys. At that time the president-to-be evinced ' ket" interest and later, after he was cnosen as chief executive, ha summoned General Dodge to the White House for a further confer ence. No story of Union Pacific history is complete without mention of Dr. Thomas C. Durant. Dr. Durant was elected vice president in the first organization of the Union Pa cific and, although not chief execu tive of the road, he I. generally ac credited with liavlng had much to do with completion of the project, for it is related that he wa. of a singularly aggressive temperament. He wa. deeply imbued with the "do It now" Idea. His career with the Union Pacific was strictly that of a builder. He devoted hi. energy, his money and his knowledge to auccessful termination of the eoa- in line. (Continued on Pag Four.)