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Fairbury City Museum

This museum has been located for many years on the west side of the downtown square in Fairbury. It is now in a larger building that allows the display of items in a much more pleasant atmosphere and has more space for new items. The museum's mission is to preserve, display and promote Fairbury as well as Jefferson County's history. Rotating exhibits are planned as well as stationary exhibits such as Fairbury businesses frozen in time.



  • Upon entering the museum the first room displays apparel from various periods of time

  • Campbell Brother's circus memorabilia

  • Dolls, musical instruments and a general store

  • Medical, dental, eye doctor and barber shop areas

  • Service memorabilia

  • Pictures, postcards and yearbooks

  • Household items, furniture, toys and a kitchen area

  • A new building resembling a barn for displaying farm items and an antique fire engine



Hours: Hours: 1:00-4:00 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, Saturday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m.
School and Group tours are welcome anytime.
Address: 1128 Elm Street (2 blocks south of Hwy 136 on Elm Street)

To schedule tours call Steve Siefford at (402) 729-6515 or Gene Siefford at (402) 729-5253

Come visit us in Fairbury, Nebraska

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Smith Lime Kiln

A long-abandoned lime kiln, looking very much like a large stone chimney stands along the River Road northwest of Fairbury. For a period of at least 20 years, it was the sight of a lime-burning operation where limestone was heated, or "calcined"

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Carnegie Library

In 1907, the Fairbury community received a grant of $12,500 from Andrew Carnegie. Ground was broken on October 5, 1908, and the library opened to the public December 10, 1909

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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

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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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