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Nichols Round Barn

One of the most unique building structures in Butler County is a sixteen cornered “round barn” located 3 miles west and 1 1/2 miles south of David City. John Nichols had this barn built in 1912 by his nephew, W. M. Nichols of Blockton, IA, patterned after a round barn near Lincoln. Mr. Nichols, who was hay farmer, determined that a greater amount of hay could be stored in this type of barn than in a conventional four sided one. When completed, this frame structure could store 200 tons of hay at one time. Below the hay mow, a wide passageway separated horse stalls from an area for pigs and sheep.

When the mow was finally empty of its hay burden in late spring, Mr. Nichols would throw a community barn dance, bringing in orchestras from Omaha and Lincoln who were positioned on a sturdy platform over the center loading hole. The barn is still in use today. Hay is stored in the loft as well as equipment in the lower level.

Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art

Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art is the only museum in North America devoted exclusively to Agrarian Art. In 2007, the museum began as a group of art enthusiasts who were looking for a way to expand visual arts exposure in the Butler County community.

David City is the hometown of nationally known artist Dale Nichols (1904-1995). Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art is located on 575 “E” Street David City, NE 68632.

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