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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Platte County, Nebraska

Clickable Map of Platte 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> Platte County, NE (42) Boone County, NE (3) Butler County, NE (3) Colfax County, NE (1) Madison County, NE (8) Merrick County, NE (5) Nance County, NE (3) Polk County, NE (5) Stanton County, NE (1)  PlatteCounty(42) Platte County (42)  BooneCounty(3) Boone County (3)  ButlerCounty(3) Butler County (3)  ColfaxCounty(1) Colfax County (1)  MadisonCounty(8) Madison County (8)  MerrickCounty(5) Merrick County (5)  NanceCounty(3) Nance County (3)  PolkCounty(5) Polk County (5)  StantonCounty(1) Stanton County (1)
Columbus is the county seat for Platte County
Adjacent to Platte County, Nebraska
      Boone County (3)  
      Butler County (3)  
      Colfax County (1)  
      Madison County (8)  
      Merrick County (5)  
      Nance County (3)  
      Polk County (5)  
      Stanton County (1)  
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1 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — 139 — Agricultural Park
Due to the generosity of Mrs. Albert Gehner, Mr. Theodore Friedhof, and many other benefactors, this site has become a focal point of agricultural activity in Platte County. The donation of this land, formerly known as the Browner Farm, and a . . . Map (db m122883) HM
2 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — 424 — Andrew Jackson Higgins(1886-1952)
Andrew Jackson Higgins, designer and manufacturer of World War II landing craft known as "Higgins boats," was born August 28, 1886, at Columbus, Nebraska. His parents were John Gonegle Higgins, a prominent lawyer and judge, and Annie Long O'Connor . . . Map (db m9775) HM
3 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — 522 — Camp Platte
In October 1934 Camp Platte was established near here by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs designed to promote economic recovery during the Great Depression. Its goal was . . . Map (db m206955) HM
4 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Columbus Area Business Hall of FameInducted 2006
Harold Kramer Kramer achieved national recognition for his state and national public power leadership as general manager of the Loup River Public Power District. Kramer first became active in Nebraska’s public power systems in 1932 when he . . . Map (db m58746) HM
5 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Columbus Area Business Hall of FameInducted 2007
Leo Sokol Leo Sokol invented and began manufacturing irrigation pumps in 1933 in Duncan. Leo invented the first hydraulic single-cylinder Duncan manure loader. He was a natural inventor who created many other products for the agriculture . . . Map (db m58747) HM
6 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Columbus Area Business Hall of FameInducted 2008
Edward Martin Nielsen Edward Nielsen bought the Columbus Chevrolet franchise in 1926. Soon after, the dealership moved to the 13th Street site where it remained for the next 70 years. Nielsen Chevrolet-Buick was in business one day short of . . . Map (db m58748) HM
7 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Columbus Area Business Hall of FameFounders — Inducted 2010 —
Vincent Kummer Born 1821 Berne, Switzerland John Rickly Born March 19, 1815 Berne, Switzerland Jacob Louis Born September 2, 1834 Wurttemberg, Germany Charles Reinke Born May 15, 1828 Germany Fred . . . Map (db m58751) HM
8 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Columbus Area Business Hall of FameInducted 2009
William Gerhold, Sr. William Gerhold, Sr. formed a partnership with his brother Alfred in 1921 to buy the family business and remained owner and CEO of the Gerhold Company for the next 51 years. Throughout the '20s and '30s, Gerhold was . . . Map (db m58752) HM
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9 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Columbus Area Business Hall of FameInducted 2010
Edgar Howard Edgar Howard had a career in the newspaper business that spanned more than 75 years. After a career in various jobs within newspapers, he bought the newspaper in Papillion in 1883 and established a paper in Benkleman four years . . . Map (db m58813) HM
10 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Columbus Area Business Hall of FameInducted 2011
Lyman & Robert Mead Lyman Mead assumed the role of President of Mead Lumber Company in 1927 upon the death of his father, when Mead Lumber was a single yard in Ashland, Nebraska. In 1934, Lyman moved to Columbus and bought the Kaufmann Lumber . . . Map (db m58816) HM
11 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — 521 — Columbus Powerhouse
The Columbus Powerhouse is one of Nebraska’s largest hydroelectric generating plants and the pulse of the Loup River Public Power District hydroelectric system. The system was financed in 1933 by a $7.3 million New Deal Public Works Administration . . . Map (db m182100) HM
12 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Commemorating Loup Fork Ferry1856 -1939
[See title]Map (db m53188) HM
13 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Congregational Church BellLinwood, Nebraska
Inscribed on the Bell: Mc Shane Bell Foundry Henry McShane & Co. Baltimore, Md Weight: 795 lbs. The records for the bell and the church were destroyed in a flood. The bronze bell carried no date. The church closed in . . . Map (db m59858) HM
14 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Discovering the Colorful History of ColumbusCommemorating Columbus’ Sesquicentennial 1856-2006 — By Artist/Designer David Reiser —
The mural reveals important moments in the city’s development by “peeling through” eight of the numerous layers of time from the present to the past. An aspect of the mural is the transition of color through the piece. It was . . . Map (db m58564) HM
15 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — 523 — Frank ZybachInventor of the Center Pivot Irrigation Machine
Born in 1894, Frank Zybach grew up in Loup Township, Platte County, Nebraska. He began inventing at age 13. In 1948, he developed a prototype of a self-propelled sprinkler irrigation machine. In 1952, the “Zybach Self-Propelled Sprinkling . . . Map (db m181698) HM
16 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Glur's TavernNational Historic Site
Nebraska's Oldest Tavern Circa 1876 Oldest Tavern in the WestMap (db m58563) HM
17 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell
Inscribed on the Bell: Buckeye Bell Foundry 1912 The E. W. VanDuzen Co. Cincinnati Weight: 710 lbs. The church building was built by the Congregational Society in 1866-1867. It was located on 22nd Avenue between 9th . . . Map (db m59861) HM
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18 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — In Memory of Veterans1898 - 1902
Spanish-American War Philippine Insurrection Boxer RebellionMap (db m53168) HM
19 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Korean War Veterans Memorial"Lest We Forget"
In Memory of All Korean Veterans Korean War "The Forgotten War" June 25, 1950-July 27, 1953 U.S. Killed 54,246 U.S. Wounded 103,284 U.S. Missing 8,177 Platte County Deaths Rudat, Fred O. • Brehm, Reinhold P. Bruce, John . . . Map (db m53180) WM
20 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — North Branch, Oregon Trail
Gratefully dedicated to early pioneersMap (db m53149) HM
21 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — Sacred Heart Catholic Church BellCornlea, Nebraska
Inscribed on the Bell: Cast by Stuckstede & Bro. St. Louis, Mo 1908 A.D. MCMY-111 - Pius - Pro [Probably MCMVIII for 1908] Ecclesia S.S. Cordis Cornlea, Nebr. Weight: 1,000 lbs. The dedication of the Sacred . . . Map (db m59867) HM
22 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — St. Bernard Catholic Church BellSt. Bernard Township, Nebraska
Inscribed on the Bell: Henry Stuckstede B F Co St. Louis, Mo 1902 In hon Sti Bernardi pat ecclae donum me dedit Jacobus Weidner orate pro ev ejus que familia Weight: 2,145 lbs. About 1873-1874 a few Catholic . . . Map (db m59856) HM
23 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — St. Bernard Catholic Church BellSt. Bernard Township, Nebraska
Inscribed on the Bell: Clinton H. Meneely Bell Company Troy, N.Y. U.S.A. A. D. 1884 Weight: 1,350 lbs. About 1873-1874 a few Catholic families began to settle in the vicinity of the present St. Bernard. Thus, we . . . Map (db m59857) HM
24 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — St. Bernard Catholic Church BellSt. Bernard Township, Nebraska
Inscribed on the Bell: Meneely & Kimberly, Founders, Troy, N.Y. 1878 Weight: 710 lbs. About 1873-1874 a few Catholic families began to settle in the vicinity of the present St. Bernard. Thus, we find John Dieter, . . . Map (db m59860) HM
25 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — St. Mary's Catholic Church BellLinwood, Nebraska
Inscribed on the Bell: Henry Stuckstede B F Co. St. Louis, Mo. St John Baptist Linwood, Nebr 1901 Weight: 1,450 lbs. Father Francis Zalud of Abie, Nebraska, arranged for the organization of a new daughter parish, . . . Map (db m59872) HM
26 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — St. Michael's Catholic Church BellTarnov, Nebraska
Inscribed on the Bell: The Hy. Stuckstede B. F. Co. St. Louis, Mo 1893 Darowall Kosciolowi S W Michala Tarnowie Nebr Joseph Paprocki J. Sofia Zona Jeco Weight: 295 lbs. In the early 1870's with much unrest in . . . Map (db m59863) HM
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27 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — The Columbus Quincentenary Belltower
In 1492 Christopher Columbus, his crew and three ships, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria set sail from Spain to the New World. That voyage is depicted in the scene above as we pay tribute to the man, the voyage and the community namesake. . . . Map (db m59855) HM
28 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — 100 — The North Brothers
The West produced many fighting men and ranking high among them are Frank and Luther North of Columbus, leaders of the legendary Pawnee Scouts. The Pawnee, located at their nearby reservation, were eager to cooperate with the Army in fighting their . . . Map (db m53147) HM
29 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — The Road to Zion
In 1847, Brigham Young led 143 men, 2 women, and 3 children west along the Platte River, then southwest into Utah. By the 1860s, an exodus of more than 70,000 other Mormons followed this trail to their "New Zion." Today, a marked 1,624-mile auto . . . Map (db m53192) HM
30 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — 305 — The Villasur Expedition1720
In June 1720 a Spanish military force led by Sir Pedro de Villasur left Santa Fe, New Mexico, to gather information on French activities near the Missouri River. The force included 45 veteran soldiers, 60 Pueblo Indian allies, some Apache scouts, . . . Map (db m53143) HM
31 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — United Methodist Church BellNelson, Nebraska
Inscribed on the Bell: Mc Shane Bell Foundry Baltimore, Md 1891 #418 Weight: 800 lbs. The Reverend Thomas B. Lemon, presiding elder of the Methodist Episcopal Church in southwest Nebraska, organized a congregation . . . Map (db m59862) HM
32 Nebraska, Platte County, Columbus — United Methodist Church BellSurprise, Nebraska
Inscribed on the Bell: Buckeye Bell Foundry 1898 Weight: 550lbs. The first record of Methodist religious work in the Surprise area dates back to 1871 when C. W. Comstock was pastor of the Seward Circuit. This charge . . . Map (db m59866) HM
33 Nebraska, Platte County, Cornlea — 485 — Granville Cemetery
The Granville Cemetery Association was organized in February 1881. Incorporators included Civil War veteran Adin H. Potter, formerly of Granville, New York, who deeded the land. He was one of the few Union soldiers to escape from Andersonville . . . Map (db m206997) HM
34 Nebraska, Platte County, Duncan — 1776 Bicentennial 1976In Memoriam
of the courageous men of America. It is the responsibility of every one of us to keep the great ideal for which they fought and died. We must keep the faith with these Honored Dead. It is to us, the Living, that the Torch of Liberty and Freedom and . . . Map (db m53204) HM
35 Nebraska, Platte County, Duncan — 127 — Duncan1871 - 1971
The history of Duncan, Nebraska has been closely associated with overland routes through the Platte and Loup River valleys. The Mormon Trail passed nearby during the mid-19th Century and the first transcontinental railroad was completed to this . . . Map (db m53194) HM
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36 Nebraska, Platte County, Duncan — Gardiner SchoolPlatte County School District No. 8
This Gardiner Station Section of the Lincoln Highway also had a rural one room school about .5 mile north east of this location. Currently grain bins occupy the site. The school was established in 1910 and held classes until it was closed in the . . . Map (db m53227) HM
37 Nebraska, Platte County, Duncan — Lincoln Highway
First continental highway across United States passed through Duncan Main Street 1913 75th anniversary 1988Map (db m53196) HM
38 Nebraska, Platte County, Duncan — 462 — The Lincoln Highway - Gardiner Station Section
The Lincoln Highway Association was founded in 1913 to promote a coast-to-coast, toll- free automobile route. The Lincoln Highway, which followed existing roadways through thirteen states, was dedicated on October 31, 1913. The route was marked by . . . Map (db m53206) HM
39 Nebraska, Platte County, Lindsay — Dedicated to the Irish SettlersLindsay Centennial — 1888-1988 —
This marker is dedicated to the group of Irish families from Lindsay, Ontario Canada, who settled here in the 1870’s. The petition to incorporate as a village was granted by the Board of Supervisors of Platte County on March 7, 1888. The Centennial . . . Map (db m181359) HM
40 Nebraska, Platte County, Lindsay — 520 — The Zimmerers — Irrigation Innovators
During the 1950s and 1960s Paul Zimmerer, working in his auto and farm equipment repair shop in Lindsay, Nebraska, invented a series of irrigation products that changed the landscape of Nebraska agriculture. One was the tractor-towed “Towline” that . . . Map (db m181350) HM
41 Nebraska, Platte County, Monroe — 318 — West Hill Community
This cemetery north of Genoa in Woodville Township is the center of Platte County’s West Hill area. Land for the cemetery was first purchased in 1876 from Will Irwin. The first grave was opened in 1878 for Joshua Middleton, victim of a prairie . . . Map (db m181797) HM
42 Nebraska, Platte County, Platte Center — 431 — Alfred Maximilian Gruenther1899-1983
Alfred Maximilian Gruenther, four-star general in the U.S. Army, was born in Platte Center, Nebraska, on March 3, 1899, to Christian and Mary Shea Gruenther. He graduated fourth in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1918. . . . Map (db m206951) HM
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Dec. 6, 2023