“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lancaster County, Nebraska

Clickable Map of Lancaster 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> Lancaster County, NE (50) Butler County, NE (2) Cass County, NE (11) Gage County, NE (33) Johnson County, NE (8) Otoe County, NE (20) Saline County, NE (10) Saunders County, NE (8) Seward County, NE (10)  LancasterCounty(50) Lancaster County (50)  ButlerCounty(2) Butler County (2)  CassCounty(11) Cass County (11)  GageCounty(33) Gage County (33)  JohnsonCounty(8) Johnson County (8)  OtoeCounty(20) Otoe County (20)  SalineCounty(10) Saline County (10)  SaundersCounty(8) Saunders County (8)  SewardCounty(10) Seward County (10)
Lincoln is the county seat for Lancaster County
Adjacent to Lancaster County, Nebraska
      Butler County (2)  
      Cass County (11)  
      Gage County (33)  
      Johnson County (8)  
      Otoe County (20)  
      Saline County (10)  
      Saunders County (8)  
      Seward County (10)  
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1 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Denton — 143 — Nebraska City-Fort Kearny Cutoff
Thousands of oxen-drawn wagons passed here from 1860 to 1867, before completion of the Union Pacific Railroad across Nebraska. Carrying military and mining supplies, and emigrants moving west, they cut deep ruts across the tallgrass prairie and at . . . Map (db m223457) HM
2 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — "America's Mission"
On February 22, 1899, William Jennings Bryan gave one of the most renowned speeches in American History. The presentation, given in Washington, D.C., was entitle, "America's Mission". He spoke of purpose and direction and challenge, and . . . Map (db m66848) HM
3 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865
The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning. Five months before receiving his party's nomination for President, he sketched his life: "I was born February 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My . . . Map (db m179399) HM
4 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — George Washington1732 - 1799
On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. Born in 1732, into a Virginia planter family, he learned the . . . Map (db m179401) HM
5 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources fulfills the land-grant university mission of the University of Nebraska as mandated by the Morrill Act of 1862 by offering academic degrees through the College of Agricultural Sciences and . . . Map (db m66846) HM
6 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — 376 — Lincoln Army Air Field - Lincoln Air Force Base
Lincoln Army Air Field was constructed in 1942 on the former Lincoln Municipal Airport. The 2,750-acre property was leased to the army by the City of Lincoln. The base provided technical training for aircraft mechanics, basic training for army . . . Map (db m66966) HM
7 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — Mammuthus Columbi
Mammoths roamed Nebraska's grasslands for more than one million years before mysteriously disappearing between 11,000 and 10,000 years ago. These extinct relatives of today's elephants were the largest mammals ever to walk the Great Plains. Adult . . . Map (db m54358) HM
8 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — Mueller Tower at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
This bell tower was given to the university by Ralph Mueller Class of 1898, in grateful appreciation of the free education given him by the State of Nebraska Dedicated Nov. 4, 1949. This tower was designed in 1948 by . . . Map (db m54357) HM
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9 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — Osborne Athletic Complex
The Osborne Athletic Complex is named in honor of Tom and Nancy Osborne. Coach Osborne led the nation in winning percentage upon his retirement in 1997 after three national championships in a four year period (1994, 1995, 1997). He served as . . . Map (db m66849) HM
10 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — Paul A. "Doc" Downs1891 - 1979
This area dedicated to the memory of… Beloved friend, teacher, dairy products judge and coach, creator of Husker Cheese and a pioneer of the Nebraska Dairy Industry.Map (db m66847) HM
11 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — 290 — Pershing Rifles
General John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces to Europe in World War I, was Professor of Military Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln between September 1891 and June 1895. Upon his arrival in Lincoln, which was . . . Map (db m54351) HM
12 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — RHO Chapter HouseKappa Alpha Theta — "The first Greek letter fraternity known among women." —
This historic building is home to Rho Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. It is the first sorority house planned and built on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus as a permanent resident to promote women's participation in a college education. . . . Map (db m212326) HM
13 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — Ronald Reagan1911 - 2004
On February 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico, Illinois. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College. There, he studied economics and sociology, played on the . . . Map (db m179362) HM
14 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — 231 — The Lewis-Syford House
Elisha M. Lewis, early Nebraska pastor and missionary, built this French Second Empire style house in about 1878. The Syford family owned the property from 1904 until the daughter, Constance willed the house in 1965 to the Nebraska State Historical . . . Map (db m211109) HM
15 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — 436 — The Nebraska State Historical Society
In 1878 public-spirited citizens, led by former governor Robert W. Furnas, organized the Nebraska State Historical Society. The legislature designated the Society a state institution in 1883 and began providing financial support.The Society's . . . Map (db m47377) HM
16 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — 72 — The University of Nebraska
Chartered as a Land-Grant institution by the first regular session of the State Legislature on February 15, 1869, the University opened its doors to 20 collegiate students and 110 preparatory school pupils on September 7, 1871. Lincoln was then a . . . Map (db m211108) HM
17 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln — Thomas Jefferson1743 - 1826
Author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States and founder of the University of Virginia - voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his . . . Map (db m179400) HM
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18 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Arnold Heights — Lincoln Army Air Field Regimental Chapel
Nebraska Historic Site Lincoln Army Air Field Regimental Chapel 1942 This property is listed in the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m66968) HM
19 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Artesian Well Fountain
In the 1870’s, a well was drilled in the center of the block located northwesterly of 10th & “O” Streets to serve fire cisterns in the area. Water from the 1,000 foot deep artesian well proved to be too salty for the intended use. The . . . Map (db m158991) HM
20 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Beatrice Creamery Building1890/1904
Originally constructed in 1890 as the two-story Fitzgerald building, this structure received its upper floors in 1904, a very early example of a common haymarket occurrence. The upper floors were added on by Beatrice Creamery Company, the . . . Map (db m211304) HM
21 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Chief Standing BearJustice Administration Building
Sponsored by Senator Tom Brewer, legislative resolution 271 in the one hundred seventh legislature renamed the state office building located at 521 South 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, as The Chief Standing Bear Justice Administration Building. The . . . Map (db m212117) HM WM
22 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Chief Standing Bear
From his birth on the banks of the Niobrara River in Nebraska until his death in 1908, Chief Standing Bear spent his life in a constant struggle to gain equality and justice for our nation's Native Americans. Chief Standing Bear and the Ponca Tribe . . . Map (db m212118) HM
23 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — 105 — County - City BuildingLincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska
On March 6, 1855, Lancaster County was created by act of the Territorial Legislature. Many early settlers came for land, while others were attracted by the commercial possibilities of the nearby Salt Basin. In 1859, a site east of the Salt Basin was . . . Map (db m88549) HM
24 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — H. P. Lau Building1904 (corner building); Cox & Schoentgen, architect — 1906 (west annex); architect unknown —
In the early 20th century, Haymarket was the location of a half-dozen wholesale grocers, doing $4 million in trade over five states. This building housed one of them, the H. P. Lau Company, Lau was a German immigrant who began his . . . Map (db m211312) HM
25 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Hardy Building1919-20 / 1927
Built in two stages, the first three floors and the loading docks of this warehouse were completed in 1920. The building was designed by architect Jesse B. Miller and built by Olson Construction Co., at a cost of $120,000, for the Lincoln Hide & . . . Map (db m211302) HM
26 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Harpham Building1903/1912
In the early 20th century, as the saddlery industry became mechanized, wholesalers who previously supplied small harnessmakers moved into manufacturing. The Harpham Brothers Company, started in 1884, was one of three Lincoln saddlery factories . . . Map (db m211315) HM
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27 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Historic Haymarket District
The "Haymarket" name can be traced to Lincoln’s first decade. In the capital city’s original plat of 1867, a "market square" was identified, bounded by O and P, 9th and 10th streets. It served as an open-air market for produce and livestock, as well . . . Map (db m159097) HM
28 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Huber Building801 Q Street — 1901 —
A date-stone high on the north façade proclaims "1901 Huber". Huber Manufacturing Company. constructed their sturdy factory with brick bearing walls and tall work-spaces in the era of steam-powered farm implements. In 1905 ten of Lincoln's . . . Map (db m211314) HM
29 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Humane Society FountainRefreshment for Dog, Horse and Human…
This fountain was donated by the National Humane Alliance in 1908 after formation of Lincoln’s Humane Society in January, 1907. It is one of at least 70 similar fountains placed in communities throughout the United States. The fountain includes . . . Map (db m101878) HM
30 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Lincoln Drug Company Building1905;Fiske & Dieman, architec — 1919 (top story); Fiske & Meginnis —
About a half dozen Haymarket buildings gained added stories after their initial construction. This sturdy warehouse is probably the district's most successful design example of vertical addition. The fact that the same architect, Ferdinand . . . Map (db m212136) HM
31 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Lincoln Fixture Building1922 — Fiske & Meginnis, architect —
Lincoln Fixture Building was the last of the major Haymarket buildings designed by F. C. Fiske. It displays clearly the contrast often seen in Haymarket warehouses between stylish fronts and utilitarian, plain side and rear walls. The . . . Map (db m212131) HM
32 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Lincoln Hide & Fur Building1909
Although known as the Lincoln Hide & Fur Building, this structure was originally built for the Carter Transfer & Storage Company, one of several moving and storage companies located in the haymarket It was constructed in 1909 at a cost of . . . Map (db m212121) HM
33 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Lincoln Station1927; W.T. Krausch, engineer
The Burlington and Missouri River Railroad entered Lincoln in 1870 - the first line to serve the young capital city, established just three years earlier. Seven other railroads followed in the next thirty years. Trade expanded as the . . . Map (db m211301) HM
34 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — 254 — Lincoln's Founding Block
The Territorial Legislature at Omaha drew the boundaries of Lancaster County in 1855. Settlers first arrived in 1856 and a county government was established "on paper" in 1859. Methodist Elder John M. Young arrived at the head of a colony in . . . Map (db m66883) HM
35 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — 541 — Mari Sandoz in Lincoln
Mari Sandoz (1896-1966), Nebraska historian and novelist, lived at this site, 1226 J Street, from 1925 to 1937. Here in 1928, she began writing Old Jules, the biography of her father. From the J Street curb, she often wrote and watched . . . Map (db m223459) HM
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36 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — 90 — Nebraska Statehood Memorial
From 1854 to 1867 the seat of territorial and state government was in Omaha. In 1867 the State Legislature appointed a Capital Commission to select a location for the new state capital. Commission members Governor David Butler, Auditor John . . . Map (db m87800) HM
37 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Old Woods Bros. Companies Building1914
The Old Woods Bros. Companies building was built in 1914 by Mark, George and Frank Woods, Lincoln's preeminent land developers of the early 20th century. It was designed by A. W. Woods (no known relation) and was built for an estimated $8,600. . . . Map (db m211309) HM
38 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Original Site of St. Paul Methodist Church1867
First Church in LincolnMap (db m66882) HM
39 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Rediscovering The Rear Wing
When the Kennard House was built in 1869, a rear wing was attached to the house. This wing was torn down in 1923 for unknown reasons. In 1992 an archaeological dig revealed the following key features that are explained here. Key Features . . . Map (db m211107) HM
40 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Ridnour Building1925
The Ridnour Building was one of the last factory warehouses built during the Haymarket District's principal period of development. J. C. Ridnour used the building to manufacture work clothes and overalls and as a wholesale warehouse . . . Map (db m212132) HM
41 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Salvation Army Building749 P Street — 1966 —
The previous building on the site was constructed in 1885 as the Tremont House, a hotel providing sixty-two rooms. The establishment was a favorite of visiting theatrical companies for its location near the Depot and its rates, starting at . . . Map (db m212137) HM
42 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Seaton and Lea Ironworks301 North 8th Street — 1881 —
Seaton & Lea Ironworks of Atchison and Topeka, Kansas, established their third branch in Lincoln in 1881, building a complex that included this three-story machine and pattern shop, plus a single story foundry, ovens and sheds to the north. The . . . Map (db m211300) HM
43 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Stacy Brothers Building1912 — F.C. Fiske, architect —
The Stacy Brothers Fruit Company warehouse, built in 1912 at an estimated cost of $25,000 is typical of the handsome warehouses of architect Ferdinand C. Fiske. The long-lived Lincoln architect designed six major warehouses in Haymarket . . . Map (db m212135) HM
44 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — 253 — The Ferguson House
William Henry Ferguson, Lincoln businessman and investor built this house in 1909 - 11. It is one of the best examples of the Second Renaissance Revival style in Lincoln and perhaps in Nebraska. Architects were Searles, Hirsh, and Gavin of . . . Map (db m87762) HM
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45 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — The Nebraska Governor's ResidenceNebraska Historic Site
This property is listed in the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m87908) HM
46 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — The Protecting Hand Sculpture
The Protecting Hand sculpture, created by artist Lawrence Tenney Stevens, was dedicated on October 6, 1955 on the façade of the late Woodmen Accident and Life Company building located at 1526 K Street. The sculpture weighs in at roughly 200 tons and . . . Map (db m212112) HM
47 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — 441 — U.S. Post Office and Courthouse (Old City Hall)
In 1874 construction began on Lincoln's first U.S. Post Office and Courthouse on a block originally intended as a market square. The building was completed by 1879 at a cost of about. $200,000. Alfred B. Mullet, supervising architect of the U.S. . . . Map (db m66884) HM
48 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Downtown — Veith Building1884
The Veith Building ranks as Lincoln's best example of the small shops common throughout downtown in the 1880s and '90s, and as such it is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building displays an abundance of . . . Map (db m212126) HM
49 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, Near South — Roses For Lincoln
Displays of roses have been grown in Lincoln's parks since the 1930s. Initially roses were grown in Sunken Gardens. The first municipal rose display garden was established at this location in Antelope Park in the early 1940's. The Lincoln Journal . . . Map (db m211106) HM
50 Nebraska, Lancaster County, Raymond — 432 — Crounse
Crounse was once a small village named for Lorenzo Crounse, Nebraska Supreme Court justice (1867-73), congressman (1873-77), and governor (1893-95). The village had a school (1870-1962), post office (1873-1901), church, general store, and creamery. . . . Map (db m223461) HM
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Jun. 5, 2023