History of the Village of Tamora, Nebraska
From: General History of Seward County, Nebraska
BY: John H. Waterman
Beaver Crossing, Nebraska - 1914-15


Six miles west of Seward, in -F- precinct, is located one of the latter day pioneer towns of Seward county. It was founded and laid out in 1879. P. G. Tyler was its first post master and built the first residence in the town. The grain market of Tamora was started in 1879 by J. W. Scott who built a small grain warehouse and commenced the purchase of grain. A store was opened the same year by William Butler. An ellevator was built in 1881 by Morrisey brothers and T. W. Lowery built another the next year. It has at the present time about three hundred inhabitants, numerous dwelling and business houses, a good, 12 grade high school, three churches, several stores, one lumber yard, three elevators and one bank, the Farmers Exchange. Tamora has no rural mail route.

A small boom was started at Tamora in 1893. A large business building, covering nearly one business block in the village was commenced. It was to be almost a "sky scraper," to go four stories high above the basement. And the basement was built in fine shape, made of stone or cement, which was divided into several seperate store rooms by stone walls. The foundation for an immense structure could not have been excelled in any city, and it was currently reported that the project was being pushed by city capital, with a view to the removal of the county seat to Tamora, as it was near the center of the county. But it developed finally that the whole affair was originated and planned by a young man whose brain was upset with success in a deal on the board of trade and the castle never got higher than the foundation.

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