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Four Corner Survey Marker


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Four Corner Survey Marker The Kansas-Nebraska Act of May 30, 1854, created the territories of Nebraska and Kansas, which had to be surveyed before settlement of the prairies could proceed. On May 8, 1855, Charles A. Manners set a cast-iron monument on the bluff west of the Missouri river at 40-degrees north latitude. In 1855-1856, Manners surveyed westward, from the cast iron monument 108 miles establishing the base-line, which is the boundary between Kansas and Nebraska and the Initial Point of the Sixth-Principal Meridian. This Initial Point, a red sandstone which lies under a manhole cover controls the system of sections, townships and ranges of the public land surveys in Nebraska, Kansas and parts of Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. This Initial Point is referenced in all ownership records throughout the system. On June 11, 1987, the Professional Surveyors of the Sixth-P.M. dedicated the memorial.


This historic marker is located one mile west and one mile north of Mahaska, Kansas.

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Jefferson County Courthouse

The Fairbury Journal-News once printed that the Jefferson County Courthouse was not a museum, but perhaps it should qualify. Business is still conducted daily but visitors may wish to stop in just to have a look at the building and it's contents. Built in 1891 at a cost of $60,000

Fairbury, NE Historic Courthouses


Historic Homes Tour

1112 C Street: American Foursquare home built in 1902 by B.G. Dawson.

1016 D Street: Gothic-Georgian Revival 1910 Showhouse built by architect W.F. Gernandt.

822 E Street: Italiante home built in the 1870s.

1007 E Street:

Fairbury, NE Tours

Campbell Bros. Circus -1885 to 1913

"Above the roar of the lions, the music of the calliope, and the laughter and chatter of the throngs of people, the cries of the circus barker were heard throughout the towns and cities where this great circus performed."

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First Rural Mail Delivery

The establishment of this state's First Rural Free Delivery Mail Route (R.F.D.) by the United State Post Office Department to...