Brownville in Nemaha County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
This is the former home of Robert Valentine Muir, an early resident of Brownville. Born in Scotland in 1827, Muir came to America in 1835 and moved to Nebraska in 1856 as Treasurer for the Nebraska Settlement Company. He operated a sawmill, flour business, and ferry. He was also involved in real estate and was a publisher of the Nebraska Advertiser.
Muir led an active public life. For years he was a key figure in the Prohibition Party of Nebraska and ran for Governor as its candidate. He died in 1917.
One of Nebraska's most elegant early homes, the house was erected by Muir during 1868-1870. It was built of native Nebraska brick, in the Italianate style. The paneling of butternut, bird's-eye maple, and black walnut consists of native woods cut in Muir's own sawmill, located across the river in Missouri. This important example of our early architecture has been restored by Mrs. Harold D. LeMar.
Erected by Mrs. Harold D. LeMar; and Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 52.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture Communications • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
Location. 40° 23.907′ N, 95° 39.399′ W. Marker is in Brownville, Nebraska, in Nemaha County. Marker is at the intersection of Atlantic Street and North 2nd Street, on the left when traveling west on Atlantic Street. Marker is located beside the Muir House driveway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 127 Atlantic Street, Brownville NE 68321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brownville (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Company C 1st Regiment of Nebraska (about 500 feet away); 1854 Didier Log Cabin (about 500 feet away); Late 1800's Road Grader (about 500 feet away); The Large One-bottom Plow (about 800 feet away); The Nebraska State Teachers' Association (approx. ¼ mile away); Brownville Bridge (approx. half a mile away in Missouri); Peru State College (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownville.
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