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Rural Sites

 Rattlesnake Creek Bridge, pdf [CM00-058] Listed 1992/06/29

In January 1903 the Cuming County Supervisors awarded an annual bridge construction contract to the Standard Bridge Company of Omaha. In 1903 the county undertook an ambitious bridge-building program, ordering sixty new or rebuilt bridges. Among the structures erected that year by Standard Bridge was this pinned Pratt half-hip pony truss. Located northwest of Bancroft, the bridge carries a gravel surfaced county road over Rattlesnake Creek in northeastern Cuming County. With annual contracts for eastern Nebraska counties such as Cuming, Wayne, Thurston, Stanton, Dodge, and Burt, the Standard Bridge Company erected hundreds of half-hip trusses between 1900 and 1920. Many remain in place today. The Rattlesnake Creek Bridge is distinguished as the oldest documentable example among these.

Urban Sites

 John G. Neihardt Study, pdf [CM02-021] Listed 1970/07/28

The Neihardt Study is the most important building associated with the distinguished literary career of John Gneisenau Neihardt, poet laureate of Nebraska, and author of some twenty-five volumes of poetry, fiction, and philosophy. The house, located in Bancroft, is believed to have been constructed in the 1890s as a residence. During the years 1911-21, Neihardt rented the dwelling for use as an office and library. The property is owned by the Nebraska State Historical Society and operated as a branch museum.

West Point City Auditorium, pdf [CM05-046] Listed 2009/11/10

The West Point Cadet Band engaged in an aggressive fundraising campaign to construct a City Auditorium in the summer of 1911. The building, with an impressive Jacobethian Revival façade and full-scale flyloft, was sufficiently complete to host a New Year's Eve dance to ring in 1912. Over the next several decades, the Auditorium served West Point as the site of countless concerts, dances, receptions, theatrical performances, meetings and speeches. In 1945, the townspeople voted to purchase and remodel the building, indicating its significance to the community.



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