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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hall County, Nebraska

Clickable Map of Hall County, Nebraska and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Hall County, NE (39) Adams County, NE (3) Buffalo County, NE (35) Hamilton County, NE (9) Howard County, NE (4) Merrick County, NE (5)  HallCounty(39) Hall County (39)  AdamsCounty(3) Adams County (3)  BuffaloCounty(35) Buffalo County (35)  HamiltonCounty(9) Hamilton County (9)  HowardCounty(4) Howard County (4)  MerrickCounty(5) Merrick County (5)
Grand Island is the county seat for Hall County
Adjacent to Hall County, Nebraska
      Adams County (3)  
      Buffalo County (35)  
      Hamilton County (9)  
      Howard County (4)  
      Merrick County (5)  
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1Nebraska, Hall County, Cairo — 519 — Solon H. Borglum"Sculptor of the Prairie"
Solon H. Borglum (1868-1922), son of Danish Mormon emigrants, was a world-famous sculptor. From 1885 until 1893, Solon ran his father’s cattle ranch located in the South Loup Valley just east of this marker. The Borglums moved from Utah to Omaha . . . Map (db m183294) HM
2Nebraska, Hall County, Doniphan — Martin Brothers Historic MemorialErected to commemorate the Martin Brothers Incident of August 1864
Nathaniel Martin, age 15, and Robert O. Martin, age 12, while fleeing from a war party of Sioux Indians were struck by two Indian arrows, one of which pinned the two boys together. They fell from their horse and were left for dead, but survived. . . . Map (db m30408) HM
3Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 6th Bomb Group24 Bomb Sqd. • 39 Bomb Sqd. • 40 Bomb Sqd. — 1944 • B-29 C.B.I.-Guam-Saipan-Tinian • 1945 —
The men and women of the 6th Bomb Group Association thank the people of Grand Island for their warm hospitality when we trained here in 1944/1945 before leaving for the Pacific Theatre of War to fly 1,750 World War II B-29 combat missions over . . . Map (db m59854) HM
4Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Amiel Whipple W.R.C. Civil War Memorial
In memory of the Heroes of 1861-65 who lie in unknown graves on Southern battle fields. Sleep on brave boys though your graves are unmarked You are not forgotten Dedicated May 30, 1908Map (db m53256) HM
5Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Arrasmith Field
named to honor W.W. Arrasmith Citizen • Physician • Legionnaire City of Grand Island, Nebraska Thos. M. Dillon, Mayor Councilmen E.C. Kammer • C.H. Justice • J.F. Koehler • Theo. Reimers J.M. Sorenson • W.F. Krehmke • Carl Hehnke • . . . Map (db m181655) HM
6Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 163 — B-17 Bomber Crash, 1944
On February 25, 1944, a B-17G bomber from the Grand Island Army Air Field crashed half a mile east of here on the Langenheder farm, killing nine aboard. The Grand Island base served as a training location for aircrews prior to their leaving for . . . Map (db m181684) HM WM
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7Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — B-29 Superfortress / 6th Bomb Group / Tinian Island
B-29 Superfortress Purpose: Very Heavy Bomber (increased speed, range, and bomb load) Features included pressurized cabin, electronic fire control system, remote-controlled gun turrets. Manufacturer: Boeing First Flown: September . . . Map (db m181656) HM
8Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 464 — Central Nebraska Regional Airport
The first Grand Island airport, a grass field, was located approximately 1˝ miles south of the present terminal building on land owned by H. O. “Doc” Woodward. It was used by the Grand Island Aero Company, organized in 1919 by former World War I . . . Map (db m181602) HM
9Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Civil War and Spanish-American War Memorial
In memory of the defenders of our country 1861-1865 — 1898-1900 Committee of Lyon Post No. 11 Nebr. G.A.R. G. C. Humphrey C. B. Norris G. F. RyanMap (db m53249) HM
10Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Earth Lodge Design and Construction
Beneath the earthen exterior is an intricate structure of Cottonwood tree trunks and Willow branches. This is a moderate-sized earth lodge—thirty eight feet in diameter and eighteen feet high at the central fire hole. Responsible for the . . . Map (db m45188) HM
11Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Federal Building
Originally designed as a U.S. Post Office and Court House, the Grand Island Federal Building opened on November 26, 1910. It was designed by James Knox Taylor and cost $108,000. The 1935 west-wing addition was designed by local architect, Charles . . . Map (db m53250) HM
12Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Fort O. K. Cannon
. . . Map (db m53248) HM
13Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 172 — Grand Island
You are near the Platte River's famous Grand Island. It is approximately forty miles in length and two miles at its widest. Providing abundant wood and water, it often served as a campsite for Pawnee Indians. Journalists for the expeditions of . . . Map (db m79694) HM
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14Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Grand Island Public School Bell
Grand Island Public School. Erected 1878. I proclaim unceasing warfare against ignorance, fanaticism and intolerance. School Board, 1879 O A Abbott, Moderator W H Platt, Director H A Koenig, Treasurer T J Hurford · C E Lykke · R C . . . Map (db m155063) HM
15Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 560 — Grand Island Veterans Home
First known as the Nebraska Soldiers and Sailors Home, the Grand Island Veterans Home was opened in 1887. The first home was a four-story Victorian building situated on 640 acres. The building soon became inadequate to house the veterans. Between . . . Map (db m181697) HM
16Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 480 — Hall County Courthouse
Designed by Omaha architect Thomas Rogers Kimball (1862-1934), the Hall County Courthouse is an exceptional example of Beaux-Arts classicism and borrows on Germanic design sources. Constructed of brick accented with limestone, the building features . . . Map (db m53239) HM
17Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 506 — Hall County Poor Farm Cemetery
In 1879 Hall County purchased 160 acres at this location where the county’s paupers could live and work in exchange for shelter, clothing, food, and medical care. In March 1881 part of the Poor Farm property was set aside as a cemetery for those who . . . Map (db m181695) HM
18Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Hall County Veterans Memorial Park
In memory of the deceased men and women of all warsMap (db m59852) WM
19Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 55 — La Grande Isle
Grand Island, in the Platte River, has given its name to the city of Grand Island. The island was formed by a narrow channel branching off the Platte River approximately 28 miles upstream from the present city of Grand Island and rejoining the main . . . Map (db m53258) HM
20Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Martin Building
The Martin building was designed for J.D. Martin by local architect, Oscar Kirschke. The building was completed in 1914 for approximately $55,000. One of the first occupants was the funeral chapel and morgue of the Buchheit-O'Loughlin Furniture and . . . Map (db m53255) HM
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21Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 157 — Mormon Trail
Religious freedom, An American ideal, has on occasion been denied certain sects because of prejudice. Mormons were once persecuted and forced from their homes. The north bank of the Platte River served as the exodus route for thousands of members of . . . Map (db m45171) HM
22Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Old California Overland Trail
Extensively traveled by immigrants during the Gold Rush to California in 1849 and by the pioneers of this locality in 1857.Map (db m45186) HM
23Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 490 — Old Dodge SchoolWorld War II POW Branch Camp
Old Dodge School served as one of two branch camps in Hall County housing German prisoners of war. On July 9, 1944, Leo B. Stuhr, president of the county Non-Stock Labor Association, announced plans to use the school for this purpose. About one . . . Map (db m53254) HM
24Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Oldest Remaining School House
This building is the authorized public school house built in District No1 Hall County Nebr. Authorized & constructed in 1869 - 1870.Map (db m53263) HM
25Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Original Home of the Stolley FamilyStolley State Park
Wilhelm Stolley April 6, 1831 - May 17, 1911 Wilhelmine F. Hagge Stolley April 21, 1837 - Jan. 31, 1923 Born in Schleswig Holstein, Germany Friederich, March 26, 1857 - Sept. 25, 1938 Anna H., June 123, 1859 - Apr. 15, 1929 Born in . . . Map (db m53264) HM
26Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 141 — Pioneer Park
Pioneer Park, site of the first Hall County courthouse, honors the courageous settlers who peacefully inhabited this area in 1857 when only Pawnee lived here. In 1866 the Union Pacific reached Grad Island and in 1868 the railroad donated Block 19 . . . Map (db m45189) HM
27Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Sinclair Tank Wagon, 1917
This horse drawn tank wagon was used by Sinclair Oil beginning in 1917. The tank had an amazing 300 gallons of fuel or gasoline that was delivered to farmers and homesteads for numerous uses. In comparison, today's transport trucks hold 7,000 to . . . Map (db m53267) HM
28Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Site of the Original Settlement in Hall County, NebraskaJuly 4, 1857
The following settlers arrived here July 4, 1857 R.C. Barnard Lorenz Barnard Joshua Smith David P. Morgan William Seymour Heinrich Schoel & Wife Heinrich Joehnck & Wife Wilhelm Stier & Wife Friedrich Doll & Wife Christian . . . Map (db m190217) HM
29Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 255 — The Lincoln Memorial Highway
The Lincoln Highway association, formed in 1913 to build a New York to San Francisco highway, sold “highway memberships” to raise funds for the project. In Nebraska the road, which traversed twelve states, extended westward from Iowa . . . Map (db m45203) HM
30Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — The Mormon Trail
From 1847 to the 1860s, the Mormon migration along the Great Platte River Road marked a distinctive chapter in the history of westward expansion. In contrast to the random migrations of individual families or companies that characterized much of . . . Map (db m79695) HM
31Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — The Pawnee: Prairie Town Builders, Pawnee History
The Pawnee: Prairie Town Builders, Pawnee History The Pawnee migrated from the Southwest and lived in the Platte and Loup Village areas for more than seven centuries. The Pawnee were the most influential and populous of the native peoples of . . . Map (db m45187) HM
32Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart medal was originated by General George Washington on August 7, 1782 for distinguished valor and is now awarded only to members of the armed forces of the United States who have been wounded in combat against an armed . . . Map (db m79693) HM WM
33Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — 482 — The Seedling Mile
Here is a section of an original Seedling Mile on the Lincoln Highway. It was completed November 3, 1915. Grand Island was the second city in the United States to build such an example of concrete roadway. The original Seedling Mile extended from . . . Map (db m53234) HM
34Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — The Yancey
This building has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places of the United States Department of the Interior. Orginally constructed to be part of the American Hotel chain for the Bankers Realty Investment Company of Omaha, the . . . Map (db m53251) HM
35Nebraska, Hall County, Grand Island — Vietnam War MemorialAll Gave Some - Some Gave All
. . . Map (db m59853) HM
36Nebraska, Hall County, Wood River — 435 — B-17 Crash, 1943
On August 17, 1943, a B-17F bomber from Kearney, Nebraska, Army Air Field crashed 300 yards south, killing all aboard. The plane was on a routine training flight before going overseas. Losing their lives were 2nd Lt. Sylvester J. Diebold, Benton, . . . Map (db m182051) HM
37Nebraska, Hall County, Wood River — 553 — Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant
Commonly known as the Cornhusker Ordnance Plant, the facility opened in 1942 and covered nearly 20 square miles. During World War II it produced artillery shells and various bombs weighing up to 2,000 pounds apiece. An explosion on May 26, 1945, . . . Map (db m181700) HM
38Nebraska, Hall County, Wood River — 336 — Original Townsite of Wood River
Between 1844 and 1866 thousands of emigrants, gold seekers, and Mormons moved west through the Platte Valley. The first settlers along Wood River 1858-60 operated road ranches to serve travelers. They included Patrick, Richard, and Anthony Moore; . . . Map (db m45282) HM
39Nebraska, Hall County, Wood River — Wood River Veterans Memorial — Connor-Benson Post #314 American Legion - Wood River, NE —
This memorial is presented in honor of the men and women, past, present and future, of the Armed Forces of the United States of America in remembrance of their efforts and sacrifices to preserve our freedom. We thank, also, our many friends and . . . Map (db m45204) HM
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Apr. 2, 2023