That Nescatunga is getting there in good shape is an established fact. That it possesses all the properties of a get there town, namely; Grit, push, energy, an admirable site, healthy location and a rich surrounding country is a fact patent to all who have been within its border.
On the 27th of April, 1884 a little band of men, who had organized a town company, with Scott Cummings as president ; J. W. McWilliams, vice-president; and Price Firebaugh, secretary, left their homes in Barber county for the headwaters of the Nescatunga in Comanche county, for the purpose of locating a town site. After looking over the country for some time, and taking into consideration the advantages of the different localities; they finally decided to locate the future city upon a slightly elevated piece of ground between the prongs of the Nescatunga river. That their decision was made in wisdom is plainly evident; for had they looked every foot of the county over, they could not have secured a more desirable location. For beauty, it can not be surpassed anywhere in the county. The surface of the country, slopes to the south; while to the east, west and north may be seen the dim outlines of the high dividing ridges which separate the valley of Nescatunga from Santanta, Mule and Indian creek valleys. Stretching out in every direction from the town are broad acres of the rich agricultural lands the principal foundation for a prosperous city. Pure clear water easy of access is abundant. The first year of the town's existence a couple of residences, a few business houses and a school house, the first one erected in the county was built. With the beginning of the second year the town became instilled with new life, business and dwelling houses could be seen going up in every direction, the music of the hammer and saw filled the air from morning till night. Among the buildings worthy of note erected was the United Brethren church, the first church edifice erected in the county. The growth during the last year was steady and permanent. A number of good frame buildings and two brick buildings were erected. The two brick buildings are the bank and a two story school building the best in the county. During the coming season the town will enjoy an unprecedented boom. A number of brick blocks will be erected, and more substantial frame buildings will be built than were erected during any previous year, and with two great truck lines of railway, which will be completed to the town within eighteen months. There is nothing to prevent it becoming the great trade center of Comanche county.
June 19, 1886:
Destructive Wind, Hail and Rain storm.
Nescatunga Enterprise, June 19, 1886.
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