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Weird Nebraska Silly Structures or Artful Architecture? 


Can you tell what this building is supposed to be? A strange alien, a bizarre monster? It is a restaurant shaped like a mug (or at least it's supposed to look that way). The Mug Restaurant was near Thirty-third and O streets during the 1950s.
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society, RG2158-2264


Long before ecologically friendly building materials became the rage, Nebraskans used similar techniques. Sod houses were common, and a sod high school was built in Nebraska during the Great Depression. More unusual materials were used for some buildings, such as the Pilgrim Holiness Church, built of baled hay. How about this miniature house built of corn cobs, called the Grand Island Corn Palace, or the Sugar Palace, a Grand Island building covered with sugar beets and items from the sugar beet industry.


The Lakeland Sod High School, believed to be the only one in the nation, was built near Ainsworth, Nebraska, in 1934.
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3183-4-5


Pilgrim Holiness Church, Arthur, Nebraska.
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3011-1-2, 3


Grand Island Corn Palace, Grand Island, Nebraska.

Source: Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island


The Sugar Palace, Grand Island, Nebraska.
Source: Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island

 

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