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In the late 1880's, Kearney business leaders envisioned the city as a major manufacturing center. The Kearney Cotton Mill was among the many enterprises launched as part of this venture, which included paper, woolen, and oatmeal mills; plow and ca…
In 1888, H. D. Watson established the historic Watson Ranch, at one time containing 8,000 acres, reaching from the fertile Platte Valley on the south to the rolling hills on the north and from downtown Kearney to a point five miles west.
whose ideas brought about
this park and this windmill
Gibbon, on the old Mormon Trail, was the site of a unique experiment in homestead colonization. Originally conceived as a financial venture by Colonel John Thorp of Ohio, the Soldier's Free Homestead Colony was responsible for bringing the first…
This property has been
placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
On Oct. 10, 1871 the Buffalo County seat was by vote located at Gibbon.
On this site was built the first Buffalo County Courthouse in 1873. Hand made brick in base, made from local clay is from this courthouse razed in 1909.
On Oct. 13, 1874 t…
Gibbon, near here, was the site of a unique experiment in homestead colonization. The Soldiers' Free Homestead Temperance Colony was responsible for bringing the earliest settlers, mostly Union veterans, to this locality. Traveling via the Union…
In honor of the
Grand Army of the Republic
by its Auxiliary the
National Woman's Relief Corps
Erected by the descendants of the Soldiers Free Homestead Colony, to honor and perpetuate their names, for their courage and self sacrifice in their pioneering. They arrived in Gibbon, Nebraska, April 7, 1871, by Union Pacific Railroad, seeking …
Dedicated in honor and memoryJudge Bruno O. Hostetler1861 - 1954Leadership in establishingcollege in Kearney1903A gift from his daughterMrs. Florence H. RaymondJune 19, 1980