A good strike

Friday, January 15, 1886

Editor's note: The following story, about an investor lured by the "salt plains" of southwestern Kansas, well illustrates the boom-town mentality of the times. It seems the investor's plans changed, as his town, Nashville, current population 64, is nowhere near the location described below, a bare patch of land about 10 miles south of Protection, KS.

Mr. Wm. B. Broadwell, instead of being engaged in the cattle business as stated Monday, is at the head of a scheme much more important. He has started a town in one of the garden spots of Kansas, and from what we can learn he has made a big hit. We clip the following from tbe Comanche County Citizen:

At the mouth of Cavalry creek on the east side of Bluff creek, Mr. W.B. Broadwell, of Hutchinson, Kas., sees an opening for investment and has a seection of land which he has laid off in town lots for the purpose of making a city.

Now, the first question you ask is what is there at this point to make a town? We answer, there are several objects at this point to make not only a country village but a prosperous city, full of life and vigor.

In the first place it lies at the head of the great salt plains, where thousands of bushels of salt can be manufactured yearly at a trifling expense, and it is only a matter of time when capital will be invested in this enterprise, and we have every reason to believe it will prove a paying investment to parties taking hold of the same. These salt plains cover an area of six thousand acres of the Indian Territory and extends across the Cimarron river into Comanche county. In the second place it will make a good point for one or two good flouring mills, surrounded as it is by a good farming country, and having the advantage (at a small outlay of money) of obtaining first class water-power for the mill machinery.

By cutting a canal from the bend in the Cimarron river across Bluff creek, there would be sufficient water power for two large flouring mills. In the next place, it lies a short distance from the Indian Territory and in market distance of the other cattle interests of Texas and New Mexico, which are a benefit to any farming community, as they make good prices for farm products. Now the question is, why will it not be a profitable investment for a canning company to locate there where they can procure their beef and salt where one is raised and the other is produced without the expense of transportation of these articles for hundreds of miles, which transportation absorbs no small amount of the profits.

Mr. Broadwell has named his town Nashville in honor of the valley it is located in, and he has made arrangements with Mr. M. J. Lane, of New Kiowa, to run a daily stage line to be in running order on or after January the first.

In conclusion we will say, with five railroads building for this point, with the advantages already there, the future for Nashville valley and Nashville is flattering.