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Rural Sites

  Carns State Aid Bridge, pdf [RO00-072] Listed 1992/06/29

After years of almost continuous repairs, the timber bridge over the Niobrara River at Carns was finally wrecked by ice in the winter of 1910. In 1911 the Brown and Keya Paha county boards applied for and received state assistance to build a new bridge that year. After some delay the Carns Bridge, composed of six, fifty-four-foot spans was completed in 1913. It ultimately proved too narrow for this crossing, however, and in 1962 one of the bridge's six spans, along with several hundred feet of approach, washed out. This span was replaced, and the bridge extended by the addition of two salvaged trusses. Although this latter construction has altered its appearance, the Carns State Aid Bridge is historically important as the oldest remaining structure built under Nebraska's state aid bridge program.

Urban Sites

 Rock County Courthouse, pdf [RO01-003] Listed 1990/07/05

Rock County originated in 1888 after separating from Brown County. Bassett became the county seat that same year. The first courthouse, a frame building, was constructed in 1889. It was destroyed in a fire in 1897. A second courthouse served the county until the 1930s. In the fall of 1938 area businessmen appeared before the county board to request a special courthouse bond election. The issue passed and was added to funds provided by the federal Works Projects Administration. Construction began in 1939 and by 1940 the Art Deco-style courthouse was completed.

Bassett Lodge and Range Café, pdf [RO01-041] Listed 2006/07/26

Located in Bassett the two-story hotel and café were constructed in the Art Moderne style. The establishment was built in 1949-1951 to accommodate the cattle buyers from around the country who came to the Bassett Livestock Auction. The Bassett Lodge and Range Café stands as an important connection to the livestock industry in Bassett and as an excellent example of a streamlined Art Moderne style commercial building that retains a high degree of historic integrity.

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