Otis (1886, 4,335 feet) was founded by the advancing Burlington line and platted and developed by that railroad's acreage arm, the Lincoln Land Company. The Otis Clipperthrived by publishing notices required for final proof on homesteads, preemptions, and timber claims. The two-story buff brick Otis Hotel (1920), 110 S. Washington St., is abandoned, and the town's sporadic activity centers on the large steel grain storage bins and the Otis Pool Hall (c. 1920), southeast corner of 1st and Washington sts. The last is a one-story corner billiard hall of white-painted brick that also serves as the town cafe, video store, and informal community center. Its plate glass storefront with central recessed entrance hides beneath a metalclad canopy incorporating a swamp cooler.
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