West Side of the Square

4th, D to E, west side

West side of the square

The block across from the west side of the square had two hotels in the town’s early years. The building in the center was the Palace Hotel and the building to the left was the David City Hotel. B.O. Perkins purchased the original Savannah courthouse and moved the building here when David City was started. At the time of this 1904 photograph, these buildings were no longer hotels but were used for other businesses.

The David City Hotel was located at the spot of the current United States Post Office. Built during the Great Depression, the Post Office was a significant improvement for the community. The construction project provided much-needed employment opportunities through the Public Works Administration, stimulating the local economy during a time of high unemployment.

The Palace Hotel site became the home of the Young Men’s Association gymnasium in 1912. That building became the Community Theater in 1916.

West side of the square, 1904. West side of the square, 2023.

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Damage on the west side of the square from the July 29, 1887 tornado.
Damage on the west side of the square from the July 29, 1887 tornado.

In the photograph above, the hotel on the right is the Palace Hotel, and at the far left is the DC Hotel.

Construction of the new post office on the northwest corner of 4th and D Streets, looking east.
Construction of the new post office on the northwest corner of 4th and D Streets — 1934.

In the photograph above, you can see the courthouse in the background to the left, and in the background to the right you can see the Hotel Perkins and the Thorpe Opera House.

United States Post Office in David City, Nebraska, 1935.
United States Post Office in David City, Nebraska — 1935.
Interior view of the United States Post Office in David City, Nebraska, 1935.
Interior view of the United States Post Office in David City, Nebraska — 1935.
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