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Champion in Chase County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Champion Water-Powered Mill

 
 
Champion Water-powered Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2014
1. Champion Water-powered Mill Marker
Inscription.  Champion, on the Frenchman River (Creek), is the site of probably the oldest functioning water-powered mill in Nebraska. Preliminary construction on the mill was begun in the fall of 1886. The work was completed and the mill placed in operation by late 1888. The original mill burned in the early 1890’s, but was soon rebuilt. It has remained in use since that time.

The construction of flour mills reflected Chase County’s transition from ranching to farming. Dominated by ranching in its early years, the county saw a heavy influx of farmers after 1885. The construction of mills symbolized the new dominance of farming.

Chase County was formally organized in 1886. Imperial remained the county seat through three elections, although Champion sought support because of its advantageous location on the Frenchman River.

Chase County was named for Champion S. Chase, Nebraska’s first Attorney-General. Originally known as Hamilton, the town of Champion was renamed in honor of the same Champion S. Chase in 1887.
 
Erected by Chase County Historical Society & Historic Land Mark Council. (Marker Number

Champion Water-powered Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2014
2. Champion Water-powered Mill Marker
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 40° 28.244′ N, 101° 45.061′ W. Marker is in Champion, Nebraska, in Chase County. Marker is on Mill Street near 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 382 Mill Street, Champion NE 69023, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
More about this marker. The Champion Water-powered Mill is located near the Mill Pond in the Champion State Recreational Area.
 
Champion Water-powered Mill image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2014
3. Champion Water-powered Mill
Champion Water-powered Mill image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 21, 2014
4. Champion Water-powered Mill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 4, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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