Historic Downtown Superior

category : National Register
Historic Downtown Superior Downtown Superior has been designated a National Historic District. Several of the storefronts have been restored to their original appearance or redecorated to accentuate the Victorian motif. The designated area covers four square blocks and is representative of business districts from 1883 to 1937. Basic elements of several buildings are still evident, including a cast-iron building with a steel facade which is rather rare in Nebraska.

Laid out in 1875, three buildings were built that year, two businesses and a schoolhouse. By 1877, there were six business buildings and a population of 150. Two years later, in 1879, Superior was incorporated as a city. Lady Vestey's father Hans O.T. Brodstone, was a member of the trustees. Buildings started turning from wood to brick by 1880 as news of the approaching railroad reached town. Railroads have always been, and still are, an important part of Superior's economic stability and financial growth.

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Methodist Church

The oldest church in Superior was built by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1889-1892. Construction started in 1889, the basement was used for services in 1890, and the building was dedicated in 1892

Superior, NE Historic Churches

Outdoor Murals

In 1993 this 100-foot wall mural depicting a typical Victorian street and business logos from early Superior, was designed and painted by Anne Beeson, an art teacher at the Clarkson Public Schools. It incorporates features of 15 historic buildings in the town.

Superior, NE Arts

The Carnegie Building

This Colonial-style building was erected in 1908 by the Ladies Library Association under the Carnegie endowment program. The building is a striking example of Colonial and Dutch Colonial architecture. The Ladies Library Association was founded March 29, 1882. A frame building was erected in 1887

Superior, NE Carnegie Libraries

Victorian Festival Honoring Lady Vestey

The Victorian Festival Honoring Lady Vestey is held each year, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, on Memorial Day weekend to honor Superior's most famous former resident, Evelyn Brodstonte, Lady Vestey. Activites throughout the weekend emphasize the community'

Superior, NE Festivals

One-room Schoolhouse

Now, nearly extinct as an educational institution, this one room school, built in 1884, stands proudly on the museum grounds - a monument to the importance the prairie pioneer placed on educating their young. Many a rural student was provided eight years of "readin','ritin', and 'rithmetic"

Superior, NE Historic Schoolhouses

Things to do National Register near Superior, NE

Little Nemaha River Bridge - NHR

As indicated by a builder's plate on the bridge itself, the structure was erected in 1901 by the John Gilligan ...