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Nick Simion & Sons
Steamship Ticket Office
203 N. Broadway

Nick Simion & Sons Steamship Ticket Office
Nick Simion & Sons - proprietors
Simion and his family outside his business in the early 1900's
photo - Prosperous Pittsburg, Pictorially Portrayed: 1915


In the midst of the Southeast Kansas prairies, Nick Simion established a unique business when a mine injury forced him to retire from the coalfields. At 203 N. Broadway, he opened a steamship office, which for 30 years was a viable part of the business community. There he made arrangements for ocean transportation for men who planned to bring their families over from the Old Country, sending their tickets to them. He sold roundtrip tickets to those who wanted to go back for a visit. Meeting immigrants at the Frisco depot opposite his place of business, he would take them to Mulligan’s Restaurant for a meal and, if they needed a place to stay temporarily would house them in the Europe Hotel just west of the Nick Simion & Son Steamship Offices.

With the help of the Frisco and 22 steamship lines, Simion set up an operation, which brought thousands of immigrants to Pittsburg. Speaking seven languages fluently, he quickly became a close acquaintance of virtually every person of foreign extraction in the region. He was the immigrant’s counselor, friend and advisor. Not only did Simion arrange for the details of steamship transportation, but also he made arrangement for rail trips to and from ports. For 30 years the Nick Simion & Son Steamship Offices served the community, and Simion became known as one of the busiest steamship representatives in America.
"Pittsburg Almanac 1876-1976, p. 130

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