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Rural Sites

Brookside Farm  Brookside Farm, pdf [KM00-002] Listed 1997/07/09

The Brookside farm (also known as the Gridley-Howe-Faden-Atkins Farmstead), located near Kimball, illustrates an historically typical farmstead evolution in Nebraska. The farmstead is a rare, well preserved collection of buildings and structures which reflect changes in agriculture from timber claim to twentieth century technology and small scale farm diversification.

Maginnis Irrigation Aqueduct  Maginnis Irrigation Aqueduct, pdf [KM00-039] Listed 1994/10/21

The Kimball County Irrigation District Board held its first organizational meeting in November 1909. Subsequent meetings resulted in plans for an irrigation system. The design of the canal called for a reservoir, and a north and south ditch. Because of the rough topography a number of aqueducts were required. The aqueducts used on this canal are of particular significance because the flumes used in them were manufactured in Kimball by Patrick Maginnis. He began building flumes used in aqueduct systems in the late 1890s, but his initial attempts resulted in crude and expensive products. After additional refinements, however, he developed the Galvanized Steel Flume that was patented on May 20, 1902. Although there are other aqueducts in the region they do not retain the high degree of integrity of this aqueduct. It is an exceptionally well preserved example of a type of early twentieth century engineering that was essential to the irrigation system in areas of rough terrain.

Urban Sites

Fraternal Hall  Fraternal Hall, pdf [KM04-006] Listed 1983/02/28

In March 1904 members of the Knights of Pythias, Woodmen, and Royal Neighbors met to discuss the possibility of erecting a lodge hall. The cornerstone for the two-story frame building, located in Kimball, was laid August 4, 1904, and the new Fraternal Hall was dedicated in March 1905. The hall represents a simplified version of the Neo-Classical Revival style.

Wheat Growers Hotel   Wheat Growers Hotel, pdf [KM04-068] Listed 2002/07/11

Constructed in 1918 the Wheat Growers Hotel is located in Kimball. The hotel is significant for its association with the commercial development of Kimball and with the building boom of second-generation hotels that was occurring statewide during the first quarter of the twentieth century. The hotels built during this period, as exemplified by the Wheat Growers, were multistory, brick buildings that offered the most modern conveniences and catered especially to businessmen who traveled on the railroad. Aside from providing pleasant quarters for travelers, the new hotels became the symbols of prospering communities with a bright future. For this reason, towns and cities of all sizes thought it was important to showcase a "modern" hotel as an indication of their prominent standing in the state. It is within this context that the importance of the Wheat Growers Hotel is realized.

Kimball County Courthouse  Kimball County Courthouse, pdf [KM04-070] Listed 1990/07/05

Kimball County was created out of Cheyenne County in 1888. The centrally located city of Kimball has been the only county seat. County officials initially rented space for courthouse use. In 1893 a frame courthouse was built in what is presently a city park. The present Classical Revival-style courthouse was completed in 1928.


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