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Plains Historical Museum

Railroad History, Plains Memories and Native Americans

Like many Nebraska towns, Kimball began as a “hell on wheels” railroad construction camp. Running west from Omaha, the Union Pacific tracks reached the area in 1867. Because of large herds of antelope in the area, the railroad called the new station Antelope. When a village sprang up nearby, it was known as Antelopeville. In 1885, the growing settlement was renamed in honor of railroad executive Thomas Kimball.

Kimball’s history is displayed at the Plains Historical Museum downtown. Housed in a 1904 building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum’s displays include American Indian artifacts, a collection of dolls from around the world, and an 1840s autograph book. It is open June through August.

For more information on Kimball, contact the Kimball/Banner County Chamber of Commerce on (308) 235-3782  or visit www.ci.kimball.ne.us.

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