Hall County
Historical Society

Ongoing Projects

Pioneer Park Fountain

Restoration of Pioneer Park “Centennial” Fountain
2015 Project of Hall County Historical Society

The Hall County Historical Society is currently working, with the City of Grand Island Park’s Department, to restore the Pioneer Park “Centennial” Fountain.

The Centennial Fountain was first placed, and park created, in 1907 to honor the original 1857 Grand Island Settlers. The park is the site of the original Hall County Courthouse.

Over the years, this Grand Island treasure has fallen into disrepair. The water feature was discontinued due to leaking from the deteriorated concrete pool. The lights no longer function. The original J.W. Fiske cast iron surround ring has survived over the years. When the fountain was first placed, cast iron flower urns and Grecian faces graced the surround.

The center fountain was replaced with a concrete version in the late 1960’s as the original cast iron fountain was badly damage by vandals in the 1940’s and removed.

In the event that an antique fountain cannot be located, the original factory production molds have been located and an exact reproduction of the original can be created. Our goal is to secure a matching grant and raise local donations to fund this project.

We are presently in the first phase of this project. The surround ring has been removed and currently under a complete restoration which involves sandblasting, replacing broken pieces, and welding any cracks as needed. The goal is to have the surround restored this year. The estimated cost to repair the outside fountain surround is $5000.00. This will only be possible utilizing in-kind donation of services. Additionally, as part of the initial phase, we are planning to remove the deteriorated concrete pool.

The second phase of the project is to construct a new fountain pool. Again we are working to get the support of local contractor’s and in-kind donations of labor and materials to do so. In the coming months the deteriorated concrete will be removed.

The third and final phase of the project is to place an original 1907 style cast iron fountain back as the functioning centerpiece. Again we hope to accomplish this through grants and donations.

Please consider becoming involved with a donation to restore this historic Grand Island centerpiece which is currently a “diamond in the rough”.

Current needs include, funds for welding and repairs of original surround ring, removal of deteriorated concrete, and creation of a new concrete fountain pool.

For additional information please contact Don Deitemeyer of the Hall County Historical Society.

Phone 308-390-4082

Complete Projects

Stolley House

Located in Stolley Park, on Stolley Park Road, this house is the oldest continually lived in house in Nebraska. Built in 1859, now owned by the City of Grand Island and managed by the Hall County Historical Society, it was built by William Stolley, one of the original settlers in Hall County. All of the furniture in the home is period furniture, some original Stolley furniture, including his original desk, a settee and two chairs that were in the home. Restoration of the house was accomplished by the Hall County Historical Society.
Burlington Station has been place on the National Historic Register of Places.

For tour information phone number is 308-385-1545. Leave message and manager, Barb Ernst, will return your call.

Burlington Railroad Depot

The Burlington Railroad depot is available for public events, meetings and parties. Built in 1911, the building was purchased by the Hall County Historical Society in 1999, to save it from demolition.

A large serving kitchen for catered meals adjoins a room 3,000 square feet of space.
There is an enclosed courtyard for outdoor entertainment.
150 people can be accommodated in the building.

Suggested donation fees and schedule:
Friday, Saturday Sunday $600.00 booking* $300.00 damage deposit
Monday thru Thursday $300.00 booking* $150.00 damage deposit

Options: $50 additional for use of dinnerware and dishwasher.
*Additional Security presence fee of $20.00 per hour of event in Main Hall.

A smaller room that was a baggage room has recently been outfitted for small group meetings. This room will accommodate 22 people.
$50 per 4 hour period.

There is Wi-Fi access available in both rooms.

To reserve a room call (308)379-2835 for Jody Freeman.