Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska is a tiny town in Knox County, in northeast Nebraska, with a population of 30 according to the 2010 Census.

Verdel, Nebraska

It was founded in a different spot some miles away, but Verdel boomed in 1902 when the Chicago & North Western railroad reached this spot in the rolling green prairie carpet near the junction of the Niobrara and the Missouri.

Verdel, Nebraska

Railroad passenger service lasted into the 50s and the last freight train went through Verdel in 1978.

Verdel, Nebraska

Nanza (Ponca Fort), a fortified village built by the Ponca in 1700, is nearby.

Verdel, Nebraska

This sewer opening was scary. Years of gutter runoff have widened the maw. A person could get swept right into this thing in a downpour if you lost your footing.

Verdel, Nebraska

Shooting Verdel reminded us a little bit of another place… Kathryn, North Dakota.

Verdel, Nebraska

We had only been in Verdel for a few minutes when a friendly lady stopped to see if we were looking for anything in particular. Terry told her we were just admiring some of the old buildings. She continued on to a home down the road and left us to our photos.

Verdel, Nebraska

This church was the first thing we photographed when we arrived in Verdel. The only things as good as huge, majestic churches are these tiny little sanctuaries.

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

Like many midwestern towns, the Verdel area suffered through serious flooding in 2011.

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

These structures are all right along Highway 12, the main route through Verdel.

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel is just down the road from another very impressive near-ghost town, Monowi, Nebraska.

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

Verdel, Nebraska

David R Morgan American Legion Post 223.

Verdel, Nebraska

The old school waits on the hill.

Verdel, Nebraska

Only the slab remains from some long gone structure.

Verdel, Nebraska

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC



11 thoughts on “Verdel, Nebraska

  1. Thank you for sharing the pictures of Verdel. My parents then later my grandparents owned the Dew Drop Inn. I have many great memories there.

  2. Each of those pictures bring a fond memory to me as it was my home town growing up. My great grand mother ran a hotel during the building up days until the ’40’s. Want to know more?

  3. Did you know someone actually lives in the school? And across from Dew Drop was the Circle K bar. During my time growing up in the 80’s and 90’s both bars would be a hopping place on Friday and Saturday night.

    1. You must not have been by the school house lately. I did know the family that, I think, bought the school house and made it into a home. They also owned the Circle K.

      1. The Circle K Bar was owned by first the father & then the son of the Kemnitz family. Dick Christianson after serving 3 tours in Vietnam as a enlisted man in the U.S. Marine Corps, bought the brick school house which was a K thru 10th grade school when I attended there when I was a first & second grade student from September 1952 to May of 1954. My tall uncle Ronald played on the 4 man basketball team for 2 years & they beat much bigger schools. Dick was a carpenter who easily turned the school house into a home for his school teacher wife (Dee liked to say, “I must leave school in Verdigre to go to the school in Verdel where I will be all night”) & himself. The Verdel school had steam heat with all the pipes covered with thick asbestos & I believe the building was also insulated with asbestos. When Dee was diagnosed with cancer, they abandoned the school to moved to a trailer house on the east side of the school grounds before she departed for the happy school house, and the Verdel Presbyterian Church lost a longtime piano player. Capt Mickey© (my Screen Actors Name)

  4. Great Story. I am the Interim Pastor of the Presbyterian Church. I always have mixed feelings when I’m in Verdel. Part of me grieves for what was. The other part celebrates the study, hardy people who continue to bring life to the community.

  5. 35 years ago we had a cabin at snowdenville on the river. Friday or Saturday nights we would go to jacks bar in verdel (dew drop I think), wait a really long time to eat (bc it was so busy!) and play pool and the juke box. Willie Nelson Midnight Rider was my favorite song!

  6. it was my father who bought the schoolhouse and turned it into a home. We have lots of good memories there! They also bought and ran the Circle K bar, when it was named the Mel-Mar Bar in the70’s & 80’s. I had a great time growing up I that little town!

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