Minersville

Name:

Minersville

County:

Otoe

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

40° 35′ 49 N, 95° 47′ 21 W

Elevation:

 

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Comments:

Minersville is a former railroad town in Otoe County, Nebraska, United States. It was located approximately 5 miles (8 km) to the SSW of Nebraska City and 2 miles (3.2 km) East of the Nebraska City Municipal Airport. It was founded in the 1850s and dissolved by the early 1900s.

Remains:

It is believed that the area had first been inhabited by a Native American tribe. The village was incorporated on May 4, 1857. A couple years later James Carmichael bought the town and renamed it Otoe City. In the early 1860s a small coal deposit was found near the village. In 1864, the town was renamed to Minersville, despite the meagar quantity and quality of the mine. By this time, Minersville contained a general store, post office, saloon, blacksmith shop, and a Congregational Church.

Established:

 

Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

In 1874 the Midland Pacific Railway built a line through the town. Later the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad and Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroads operated the track. The Minersville post office was discontinued in 1923.

Remarks:

During its time, the town was on the Missouri River until the Army Corps of Engineers redirected the river 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the East.