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Buchanan in 1901 Frontispiece The Buchanan Papers Illustration Section Following Page 270 Sioux City Corn Palaces, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890 The Buchanan Papers World's Columbian Exposition Ground plan The Chicago Historical Society World's Columbian Exposition Court of Honor The Art Institute of Chicago World's Columbian Exposition Replicas of Columbus's caravels The Chicago Historical Society Pan-American Exposition Ground plan The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Pan-American Exposition The Electric Tower The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Pan-American Exposition President McKinley addressing audience The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Pan-American Exposition The Beck design The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Elihu Root Secretary of War and Secretary of State Pan American Union, Organization of American States Page x In Argentina with Friends Buchanan, Mrs.

Settling now in Dayton, thirty miles south of his former home, he found a city rapidly establishing itself as a manufacturing and distributing center. Its canal facilities and nine railroads attracted a steady flow of both capital and enterprise for the establishment of a wide variety of factories, mills, machine shops, and foundries. 27 In his first years as salesman Buchanan carried his sample cases to regions within comfortable reach of Dayton northwestern Ohio, central and northern Indiana, southern Michigan.

As much by chance probably as by plan, this short river escarpment with a southern exposure became the site of western Iowa's first important settlement, Sioux City. Beyond its choice elevated position, an unusual coalescence Page 23 of natural advantages ensured Sioux City's emergence as one of the early boom towns of the Missouri Valley. In the heart of corn country, half way between Chicago and Denver and on direct route between the Twin Cities and Omaha, it became a logical gateway to the Great Plains and a jumping-off point for the Black Hills and the still-untamed Northwest.

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