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Grand Island Corn Palace

Yes, this really is a photograph of a miniature house made of popcorn. H.B. Kerr built the house for the 1889 Hall County Agricultural Society Fair. Kerr proclaimed his creation the "Grand Island Corn Palace." H.B. Kerr operated a grocery store at 302 West Third Street in Grand Island during the late 1880s and early 1890s. Like the sign above the Corn Palace says, in Nebraska, "Corn is King." Also, H. B. Kerr had too much time on his hands.

For more information on this photograph or other Hall County history please contact:

Karen Keehr
Assistant Curator, Research Department
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer
3133 West Hwy 34 / P.O. Box 1505
Grand Island, Nebraska 68802
308-385-5316, fax: 308-385-5028


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