Champion Water-Powered Mill
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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chase County War Memorial (approx. 6.6 miles away).
More about this marker. The Champion Water-powered Mill is located near the Mill Pond in the Champion State Recreational Area.
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