New feature offers bits of local history

By The Mercury

The Mercury is introducing a year-long daily feature called Manhattan Milestones.

Each day, it will feature interesting and significant happenings from the city’s history.

The items are compiled by Kevin Olson, author of the book “Frontier Manhattan.”

Here are the entries for Jan. 1 and 2. After today you can find it on Page A3.

January 1

1890: The Manhattan Electric Light Company powers up, and Manhattan receives electricity for the first time.  By the end of the week, eight electric lights are operating in downtown intersections.

1974: The Riley County Police Department begins operations after consolidation of the Riley County Sheriff and the Manhattan and Ogden police departments.


January 2

1860: Manhattan celebrates entering its first new decade as a frontier settlement with a New Year’s ball for the settlers, featuring the Manhattan String Band.

1902: The Manhattan Nationalist announces that the new Union Pacific depot in Manhattan, located at 1st Street and Yuma, is opened to passengers.  It replaces the original depot, built in 1866.  The 1902 depot is renovated and reopened as a public space in 2006.

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