Kearney's Historic Homes

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The city of Kearney was founded in 1871 under the name Kearney Junction. Rev. D.N. Smith and Moses S. Sydenham were tasked with the job of choosing a townsite. In 1873, after much debate, the small railroad stop was named Kearney. Over the years, the town continued to grow; it really began to boom in 1886, when the Frank family completed construction on an electric power plant, ushering in an unprecedented era of construction and business in the small town. By 1889, over 700 homes had been built in the area. The allure of commerce and real estate drew many investors from the East to Kearney, where they developed neighborhoods filled with impressive mansions. Today, these homes stand as landmarks and testimonies to the historic figures who built Kearney from the ground up.
ISBN: 9781467110143
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Nebraska
Series: Images of America
Images: 181
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Brian Whetstone, Jessie Harris, and the Buffalo County Historical Society teamed up to compile a history of Kearney's homes for this book. The community has been very generous in allowing the authors to search through their resources for pictures and information. Whetstone and Harris attend Kearney High School and volunteer at—and work to preserve—as many of Kearney's historic locations as possible.
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