This article was donated by Debra Graden of the Leavenworth Genealogical Society. It was previously published in the LVGS quarterly newsletter, Rooting Around. It has been edited to make it web friendly.

December 31, 1871 Daily Commercial (Leavenworth, Kansas)

The Metropolis of the Missouri Valley.


Its Manufacturers and Manufacturing Facilities.
Business Review of the Past Year.
Compendious Showing of the Condition of the City.
Onward and Upward is our Motto

We propose to give our subscribers for their New Year's reading a succinct and reliable showing of the present condition of Leavenworth, together with the progress made during the past year. The figures we are about to give will demonstrate the fact that this city had advanced in wealth, in manufacturing industry and in commercial business, notwithstanding the depletion of money from the west resulting from the high price of manufactured articles and the low price of grain and live stock. To make our exhibit as simple as possible, we will classify the progress made into Buildings -- public and private; Banks, Churches, Railroads, Manufactures and Commerce.

Editors note: This is a lengthy article. I have broken it down according to the headings within the article which are as follows:

Kansas and Missouri Bridge Manufactures
Railroads Eagle Woolen Mills
The Kansas Central Railroad The Carpet Factory
Chicago, RockIsland & Pacific Railroad Plummer & North
The New Depot Simmons & Staiger
The Mo. P.R.R. Dilworth & Co.
Missouri River Railroad Hershfield & Mitchell
L.A. & N.W.R.R. H.W. Gillett
K.C., St. Joe. & C.B.R.R. Durfee & Peck
The Kansas Pacific Hensley, Skelton & Co.
The Coal Mine Cretors & Potter
New Buildings Smith & Bro.
Newspapers, &c. Haas & Co.
The Citizen's Association J.F. Richards & Co.
Review of the Wholesale Trade of the City Arch Cribbs
  Jones & Howell