The estimated product of our Rocky Mountain mines for 1866, is
The Western trade of Nebraska City was—in
The freightage from this point across the Plains required, in 1865,
11,739 men, 10,311 wagons, 10,123 mules, and 76,596 oxen.
So great is the length of the overland routes, that the trains are able
to make but two through trips a year.
The Union Pacific Railroad already extends 20 miles beyond Fort
Riley. This materially shortens the extent of overland freightage.
|Distance from St Lonis to Fort Riley||420 miles.|
|" " Fort Riley to Denver||460 "|
|" " Fort Riley to Salt Lake City||890 "|
|" " Fort Riley to Virginia City||1520 "|
The commerce of St. Louis is aided by ample banking facilities.
There are in the city, in addition to fifteen or twenty private banks,
thirteen savings institutions, with an actual capital of $3,375,000, and an
authorized capital of $5,830,000. There are eleven banks with an
actual capital of $9,179,000, and an authorized capital of $14,149,000.
The character of our banks stands deservedly high in the financial world.
The development of the territories is bringing large deposits to our
banks, creating new demands for capital, and extending the channels of
The Report of the Special Commissioner of Internal Revenue,
among other interesting details, presents an exhibit of the aggregate
amount of business transacted in the leading commercial cities of the
country, by wholesale and retail dealers in merchandize and liquors, and
by auctioneers and merchandize brokers. The exhibit embraces the
fiscal year ending June 30th, 1867, and the figures are supplied by the
returns of taxes on " sales" and " licenses." The table presented by the
Commissioner, gives the statistics of nine different cities. From this
table, St. Louis ranks sixth in the amount of its business, Cincinnati
seventh, and Chicago eighth. Here are the figures, which must be grat-
ifying to every resident of this city, as they will prove convincing that
in the great west she stands without a rival: