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Geisse Ferryboat at foot of Pacific Street

The railway passenger transfer P F Geisse [no construction information other than probably built in 1869] is tied up at the dock near the foot of Pacific Street in Omaha. Brewer & Bemis Brewing Company looms in the background. Of great interest is the U.P. Railroad Lunch Depot. It is of the standard board and batten style construction that Union Pacific used during this period. To the left in the image sits the depot hotel and two saloons, and on the hill behind is the area known as Park Wild, part of the South Omaha Land and Quarry Company, and one of the earliest settled areas of Omaha. The railroad bridge is under way. The trestle is in place but no fill is yet visible. In many cases trestles came first to permit the railroads to continue construction, and later dirt was filled in around the trestle to make a more permanent and stable structure.

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