West Point, Nebraska
West Point is a city in and the county seat of Cuming County, United States. The population was 3,364 at the 2010 census. West Point was first founded in the spring of 1857, when Omaha businessmen formed the Nebraska Settlement Association in order to find suitable townsites in the Elkhorn Valley. Uriah and Andrew Bruner, William Sexauer chose the present location on a bend along a river, which they called New Philadelphia; the name was soon changed to West Point. West Point became the county seat of Cuming County on October 12, 1858 after winning the election over the community of DeWitt. A total of 19 votes were split between the two towns with West Point obtaining 12 votes. By the spring of 1859, over 4,000 Pawnee natives flooded the Elkhorn Valley during a hunting excursion and, displeased to find white settlers in the valley, burned several homesteads and killed livestock; the so-called Pawnee War ended near Battle Creek without a fight. West Point grew at first, but with the coming of the railroad in 1870, it boomed to a population of over 700.
The Chicago & North Western ended railroad service in 1982 after flood damage and declining freight traffic levels resulted in the track being abandoned. Plans were made to revive railroad service from the newly formed Fremont & Elkhorn Valley Railroad, who purchased the abandoned C&NW track. However, the costs were too high to revive railroad service, the tracks were removed in 1988. West Point is located at 41°50′23″N 96°42′41″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.73 square miles, of which 2.72 square miles is land and 0.01 square miles is water. West Point lies on the eastern bank of the Elkhorn River; as of the census of 2010, there were 3,364 people, 1,432 households, 899 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,236.8 inhabitants per square mile. There were 1,580 housing units at an average density of 580.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 87.7% White, 0.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 10.3% from other races, 1.0% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.8% of the population. There were 1,432 households of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, 37.2% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age in the city was 43.2 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 3,660 people, 1,432 households, 946 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,479.2 people per square mile. There were 1,552 housing units at an average density of 627.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 92.02% White, 0.22% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 5.74% from other races, 1.45% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.02% of the population. There were 1,432 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.9% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.04. In the city, the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, 23.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males. As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $32,616, the median income for a family was $38,702. Males had a median income of $27,981 versus $20,774 for females; the per capita income for the city was $19,053.
About 5.4% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over. Eldon Johnson, Oregon state legislator. Karl H. Timmermann, who led the initial assault on the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, was the first American officer to cross the River Rhine into Germany during WWII. Tim Walz, current Governor of Minnesota and former U. S. Representative for Minnesota's 1st congressional district, served from 2007-2019. Nick Krajicek, Air Force Thunderbirds pilot Lawrence Bruner, internationally recognized entomologist from the University of Nebraska. City website West Point News
West Point Light
The West Point Light known as the Discovery Park Lighthouse, is an active aid to navigation on Seattle, Washington's West Point, which juts into Puget Sound and marks the northern extent of Elliott Bay. The lighthouse is similar in design to the Point No Point Light and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, it is a main feature of Seattle's Discovery Park. The 23-foot-high lighthouse began operation on November 1881, using a fourth-order Fresnel lens, it was the first manned light station on Puget Sound, built at a cost of $25,000. It was illuminated with a kerosene lamp for its first 44 years, until it was attached to Seattle's electric grid in 1926, it became automated in the last station in Washington to do so. Under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, in early 2003, Seattle's Department of Parks and Recreation applied to the United States Department of the Interior to take custody of the lighthouse from the U. S. Coast incorporate it into Discovery Park.
The city was granted the property in October 2004. Included in the transfer of the property was the station's original 4th order Fresnel Lens. Upon signing over of the deed, the Coast Guard extinguished the original lighting system and replaced it with a modern Vega Rotating Beacon; the light retains its original characteristic of alternating red and white flashes every five seconds. A $600,000 restoration project, undertaken in 2009, saw exterior work completed in 2010, restoration of the keeper's quarters finished in 2011. West Point Light is adjacent to public access; the lighthouse and beach area are under the Master Plan for Discovery Park. One of the greatest values of the park is, that it will afford the people a refuge from the noise, air pollution and danger of the automobile. We believe, that park patrons should not be permitted to drive their private vehicles through the park. Under current rules, visitors may access the beach on foot by a number of trails, except for people with children under 8, people over 62, people with physical problems that prevent them from walking long distances.
Because of the extraordinary beauty of the lighthouse and the rocks and ocean surrounding it, many people drive to the area for picnics and recreation. Parking spaces exist and are marked, but visitors who wish to park must obtain a permit from the Discovery Park Visitor's Center. To ensure parking spaces for permitted visitors and access for emergency vehicles, cars may be ticketed by Seattle Police and towed if they are parked without a permit. King County Wastewater Treatment Division and City of Seattle Parks report problems with excess unpermitted parking that results in access problems for emergency vehicles and into the treatment plant. Emergency resources have been needed to respond to beach fires, illegal fireworks, gunfire in the beach area. County and City resources have been used to remove abandoned vehicles and graffiti on the beach and on historic buildings and treatment plant walls. In 2013, King County and Seattle Parks presented the public with a plan to install a “security gate" that would prevent unauthorized vehicle access.
Over half of people providing comment to the County supported this proposal, but others suggested that other options should be explored first. During Summer 2014, King County and Seattle Parks installed improved parking permit signage, additional educational signage to help visitors understand the intent of the Master Plan, measured vehicle traffic to the beach, scheduled enforcement presence at various times of the day; the results of this evaluation will be presented to the public in November 2014. A strict parking and towing policy was announced in 2015. West Point Lighthouse Seattle Parks and Recreation "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Washington". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office
West Point, Indiana
West Point is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Wayne Township, Tippecanoe County, in the U. S. state of Indiana. The population was 594 at the 2010 census; the community is part of Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. West Point is located at 40°20′42″N 87°2′35″W along State Road 25 at an elevation of 673 feet; the town is in Wayne Township and sits about a quarter of a mile north of Flint Creek which flows west to the Wabash River. A village named. Additionally, residents of the former town of Granville are listed using West Point addresses; the town was platted in 1833 by Samuel Kiser. It was founded as Middleton; the West Point post office has been in operation since 1836. Most residents of West Point are employed outside of the main portion of the town with agriculture and businesses in Lafayette and West Lafayette. There are a number of equestrian centers and horse barns with close ties to the town. There are two restaurants, The Pour House, Eddie Joe's Ice House. Martin's Body and Paint is an automotive repair shop located in the town.
Cheesman Inc is a contracting located centrally within West Point. West Point is home to West Point United Methodist. Another church was converted to an antiques shop in the early 2010s. There are several gravesites within the area. West Point Cemetery is the only one located in the town. West Point has a growing level of community involvement, which revolves around West Point Park and the West Point Volunteer Fire Department; each year, the West Point Park hosts a charity 5 km run, the Volunteer Fire Department puts on a community fish fry to raise funds for equipment. West Point residents are served by Tippecanoe School Corporation; the town used to have a high school, closed due to consolidation in 1956 when Southwestern HS consolidated West Point, Romney, Wea & Jackson. McCutcheon High School opened in 1972. High school students now report to McCutcheon High School. Elementary and middle school students report to Mintonye Elementary School and Southwestern Middle School respectively
West Point, Hong Kong
Not to be confused with Sai Wan. West Point was a point of land on Hong Kong, its location is the shore off the Pokfulam Road and Queen's Road West in 1845 the junction of Western Street and Des Voeux Road West near the Western Police Station. This was the northernmost point on the western half of Hong Kong Island; the Hong Kong Government divided the Victoria City into districts. While West Point falls into the Sai Wan, the Western District, major government structures like the police station and court are located near West Point, thus the name of Sai Wan, Western District and West Point were sometimes used interchangeably. St. Stephen’s Anglican Church located in West Point was founded by the Church Missionary Society in 1865, it was led by Vicar Tsing-Shan Fok 霍靜山, one of the earliest Chinese clergymen in Hong Kong, beginning in 1904. Lieut. Collision R. E, The Ordinance Map of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Government The detail of this document can be found in Hong Kong Public Records Office Hong Kong Government, The Gazette, 9 May 1857, Hong Kong Government
West Point, Columbiana County, Ohio
West Point is an unincorporated community in northern Madison Township, Columbiana County, United States. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 44492, it lies along U. S. Route 30 at its intersection with State Routes 45 and 518. West Point was not platted. A post office called West Point has been in operation since 1836. Robert Allen - A general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
Westpoint Corporation Pty Ltd was the head company of the Western Australian based Westpoint Group of Companies, engaged in property development. The company was operated under a risky business model. Receivers and managers were appointed on 2 February 2006 and the company was subsequently liquidated; the collapse of the company cost debtors & investors billions of dollars, many people lost their life savings. Due to its small pool of capital, loans were taken out at high interest rates in order to undertake construction projects, meaning Westpoint's expenses were far higher than other companies in the industry. Westpoint Corporation and its mezzanine funds constituted a Ponzi scheme, in which investors' own money was used to pay their interest. New money was turned around and, in part at least, shoved out to service old money. Financial planners encouraged their clients to make what were bad investments because the promoters kicked back an average up-front commission to planners of 10 per cent out of the money that they raised.
Thus, every $10 invested became $9 from the beginning. A total of $304,370,984 was invested by 3524 unsuspecting people in a series of seven mezzanine funds devised by Westpoint's Norm Carey and Richard Beck, now controlled by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Another two funds are controlled now by Ferrier Hodgson; the money was and transferred into the same number of property development companies which in turn churned it back into Westpoint Corporation from which it was spent. From this money, Westpoint paid interest to the investors who provided that money, the commissions to financial planners via Richard Beck, a director of Westpoint, former West Australian head of property firm Colliers Jardine and former head of KPMG's national corporate governance practice; the salaries of 400 Westpoint workers were paid, plus interest to first mortgage lenders who financed the acquisition of land at rates of 10 per cent and more, upon which the hotels and apartment blocks were supposed to be built with investors' money.
The debts total $312 million, including $3.5 million in unpaid super. According to one administrator, Ian Francis of Taylor Woodings in Perth, the net assets available for distribution total $21 million, after ING, which appointed the administrators to Westpoint Corporation, has been paid. Cash at bank at the time of the collapse late in 2005 was about $975,000. None of the nine mezzanine funds that raised the funds and the related property development companies that existed to build the buildings, had any money at all; every cent was advanced to Westpoint and vanished. The investigation by ASIC has continued throughout 2006 and 2007; the Australian Securities and Investments Commission is investigating possible action against the directors, Norm Carey, Graeme Rundle, John Dixon and Richard Beck. ASIC has sought specific information about Westpoint from financial planners whose clients invested in Westpoint and requires planners to provide monthly reports about how they are dealing with Westpoint related client complaints and losses.
In June 2006, ASIC has sought orders against Mr Neil Austin Burnard, whose company was believed by ASIC to be involved in raising substantial funds of more than $100 million for Westpoint from retail investors in NSW and Queensland, earned commissions from Westpoint of $6.5 million. The Bayview Apartments, located on 78-92 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, was a $130 million project value and one of Westpoint's development projects; the land of the apartment block was stretched from the east, Little Bay Street, to the west, Rouse Street, from the south, Dow Street, to the north, Bay Street. It contains 280 apartments including a heritage bank building and a heritage bluestone warehouse in the Bay Street and Dow Street respectively; the main part of the Bayview Apartments development is on the old envelope manufacturing plant site. The outlooks of both heritage buildings are well preserved; the construction of Bayview Apartments commenced in October 1999, was completed in July 2003. Westpoint organized two schemes to investors providing either buying the units of the apartments or the promissory notes through the financial planners and its sales network.
Today, units in the development still have the market value but investors who bought the promissory notes issued by Westpoint have been told they were unlikely to get their investment back in the Westpoint collapse. 2,000 of the 4,000 investors in the failed Westpoint are suing their financial advisors in one of Australia's biggest class action litigations. The former National Bank building on 96 Bay Street was constructed in 1874. Tenders were called for this building by Terry and Oakden on 1 January 1874. By 1874 the rate books recorded the 9 rooms of brick building valued at £250. In 1889, G. Jobbins, undertook the addition of the extra bay to the south in a sympathetic manner; this building provides an excellent example of an intact bank in the conservative classical style, employing all the correct architectural mouldings of the Italian Renaissance Revival. This building provides important streetscape element to Bay Street; the heritage bank building was integrated as the part of Bayview Apartments development and converted to 12 heritage apartments.
A large early bluestone warehouse at Dow Street has historic importance as being built by Messrs. Morley and Carrick, important figures in the history of Port Melbourne. In December 1864 allotments 6 and 7 contained various wood and iron building owned by Reynolds & Co. in the rate book entry, the name is crossed out and the name Morley & Carrick is penciled in
SS America (1939)
SS America was an ocean liner built in 1940 for the United States Lines and was designed by the noted American naval architect William Francis Gibbs. She carried many names in her 1994 wreck: SS America, she served most notably in passenger service as the Greek-flagged Australis. She was wrecked as the American Star at Playa de Garcey on Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands on 18 January 1994; the wreck has collapsed into the sea. Only a small section of the bow remains visible during low tide. America was laid down under the first Maritime Commission contract on 22 August 1938, at Newport News, Virginia, by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, she was one of the few ocean liners, American or otherwise, that had her interiors designed by women – the New York firm Smyth, Urquhart & Marckwald. The ornate decor from liners of the past was forgone in favor of more contemporary and informal design; the aim was to provide an atmosphere of sophisticated charm. America was launched on 31 August 1939 and was sponsored by Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of then-President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The liner entered service as the flagship of the United States Lines on 10 August 1940, when she commenced her maiden voyage. As designed, America could carry 543 in cabin class, 418 in tourist class, 241 in third class, 643 crew; the interior accommodations were designed by architects Eggers & Higgins to be the utmost in contemporary American design, making use of stainless steel and synthetics. America was constructed with low funnels to give the ship a modern streamlined appearance. Early in her career the height of the funnels was subsequently increased by 5 meters due to heavy soot deposits on the decks; this change altered the appearance of the ship. Due to the European progress of World War II, in which the United States was still neutral, the ship's name, along with "United States Lines" and two American flags were painted in large size on both sides of her hull. At night, she sailed while illuminated. In addition, she did not take to her intended North Atlantic service, instead sailing in safer waters.
She was, however fitted with a degaussing cable for protection against naval mines on 3 January 1941. On 28 May 1941, America was called up to service by the United States Navy, while the ship was at Saint Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands, she was ordered to return to Newport News to be handed over to the Navy. Two Nazi spies, Franz Joseph Stigler and Erwin Wilheim Siegler, were members of her crew in 1941. While on the America, they obtained information about the movement of ships and military defense preparations at the Panama Canal and reported defense preparations in the Canal Zone, met with other German agents to advise them in their espionage pursuits, they operated as couriers transmitting information between the United States and German agents aboard. Stigler worked undercover as chief butcher. Both remained on the America until the U. S. Navy converted that ship into a troop transport and commissioned her in the U. S. Navy as the USS West Point. Stigler and Siegler, along with the 31 other German agents of the Duquesne Spy Ring, were uncovered by the FBI in the largest espionage conviction in U.
S. history. Upon conviction, Stigler was sentenced to serve 16 years in prison on espionage charges with two concurrent years for registration violations. America was moored at Norfolk and acquired by the Navy on 1 June 1941 to be used as a troop transport; the ship was renamed the USS West Point, the second U. S. Navy ship of the name, she entered the Norfolk Ship Yards on 6 June 1941 for conversion and on 15 June 1941, she was commissioned for service under the command of Captain Frank H. Kelley, Jr. By the time the conversion was completed, life-rafts covered the promenade deck windows, "standee" bunks could be found everywhere, several anti-aircraft weapons were installed, all of her windows were covered, she was painted in a camouflage gray color, her troop-carrying capacity was increased to 7,678; the USS West Point soon proceeded to New York City and, while anchored off the Staten Island quarantine station on 16 July, took on board 137 Italian citizens and 327 German citizens from the consulates of those nations in the United States, closed.
West Point got under way at 1455 on that afternoon, bound for Portugal, arrived at Lisbon on 23 July. While there, the ship was visited by Portuguese diplomatic dignitaries. After her final Italian passenger had been disembarked on 23 July and the last German on 24 July, West Point commenced taking on 321 American citizens and 67 Chinese—consular staffs and their families – on 26 July. Returning to New York on 1 August, West Point discharged her passengers and headed south for an overhaul at Portsmouth, Virginia, she participated in tactical exercises off the Virginia Capes from 26 to 29 August in company with Wakefield and Mount Vernon. On 3 November, she arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 5 November. There, on 8 and 9 November, she embarked 241 officers and 5,202 men of the 55th Brigade and Hertfordshire Regiment, 100 men of a US Army Field Service company. On 10 November, West Point – in company with five other transports: Wakefield