United Methodist Church Bell

United Methodist Church Bell (HM14NS)

Location: Columbus, NE 68601 Platte County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 25.357', W 97° 22.114'

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Nelson, Nebraska

Inscribed on the Bell:
Mc Shane Bell Foundry
Baltimore, Md

Weight: 800 lbs.

The Reverend Thomas B. Lemon, presiding elder of the Methodist Episcopal Church in southwest Nebraska, organized a congregation in Nelson in 1877. Church services were first held in the old frame courthouse. When the Christian Church was built in 1878, the Methodists were invited to use the building for services. In 1889, the church was built and the dedication was held on December 22, 1889.

The Carmen Hite memorial bell was dedicated by Reverend Daniels in 1935 and was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hite in memory of their daughter, Carmen, who had passed away at the age of 14. Prior to being placed in Nelson, the bell had belonged to a church near Springfield, Nebraska. The church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968. The church building ceased to be used in 1987 as a result of three churches combining in Nelson.
HM NumberHM14NS
Year Placed1992
Placed ByColumbus Community Foundation, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and Concerned Citizens and Organizations
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 6:44pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 636328 N 4586957
Decimal Degrees41.42261667, -97.36856667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 25.357', W 97° 22.114'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 25' 21.42" N, 97° 22' 6.84" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)402, 308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600-648 Lincoln Highway, Columbus NE 68601, US
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