1824 - 1906Born in Virginia in 1824, James Megeath was the eldest of 10 children. By age 20, he had become a cattle and sheep trader. Struck by gold fever, he went to Calaveras County, California, in 1851, operating a general merchantise store for three years. Enroute back to Virginia in 1854, he visited Omaha and saw its potential for the future. By 1857, he was operating a general merchandise store in Omaha with his brother, Samuel, and his brother-in-law, W. S. Richards, becoming sole owner by 1867. The right man in the right place at the right time, he capitalized on the nascent Union Pacific Railroad as it was built westward from Omaha. He developed portable warehouses and used them in the general forwarding and commission business, moving them westward as track was laid. His sales to the railroad and to its workers were valued in the millions of dollars.
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|Placed By||Prospect Hill Cemetery|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 4:17am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 252112 N 4573829|
|Decimal Degrees||41.27786667, -95.95976667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 16.672', W 95° 57.586'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 16' 40.32" N, 95° 57' 35.16" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 525-535 Cemetery Rd, Omaha NE 68111, US|
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