Christian Baysel (1857-1911), Civil Engineer

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Casper, Wyoming; Omaha, Nebraska, 1892-1911

Born in Germany in December, 1857, Christian Baysel was a civil engineer employed in Omaha, Nebraska, where he lived with his spouse, Mary, and their two children.[3] When not living in Omaha, he was a miner, surveyor, and engineer in Casper, Wyoming. He was not listed in Omaha directories in 1892, but is credited by building permit as the architect for a house dating to that year. He listed himself as an architect and civil engineer from 1893 until 1896, but thereafter reported engineering as his occupation. For one year, 1911, he was an inspector for the City Engineer’s office. Christian Baysel died in Omaha on October 20, 1911.[10]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

1887: Dodge County Democratic candidate for surveyor, Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska.[4]

1893: architect and civil engineer, Omaha, Nebraska.

1896: architect, Omaha, Nebraska.

1897: miner, Casper, Wyoming.[8]

1898-1910: civil engineer, Omaha, Nebraska.

1908: miner, Casper, Wyoming.[9]

1911: inspector, City Engineer, Omaha, Nebraska.

1912: no listing; Mary is listed as the widow of Chris Baysel, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

D. V. Fisher house (1887), Fremont, Nebraska.[13][a]

Two story business building for Chas. Balduff (1887), Fremont, Nebraska.[14]

Christina Ratke house (1892), 2546 Rees, Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2] (DO09:0205-046)

Hydraulic Water System for B.B. Brooks on V-V Ranch (1898), Casper, Wyoming.[5]

Country Home for B.B. Brooks (1898), Casper, Wyoming.[6][7]

First School (n.d.), Casper, Wyoming.[11]

First Town Hall (n.d.), Casper, Wyoming.[12]


a. The Fremont Tribune published a notice in 1887: "Bids will be receivd at my office until Wednesday, Feb. 23rd, for the erection of a residence for D. V. Fisher. Plans for which may be seen at my office....Christ Baysel, Architect."[13]


1. Landmarks, Inc., An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings (Omaha: City of Omaha and Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, 1980), 168.

2. City of Omaha Planning Department, Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission, Database, Query on Architects, May 20, 2002; courtesy of Lynn Meyer, Preservation Planner.

3. 1900 United States Census, s.v. “Christian Baysel,” Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, accessed through

4. "Dodge County Democratic Ticket" The Nebraska State Journal (October 16, 1887), 2. Accessed December 13, 2017 via

5. Natrona County Tribune (July 14, 1898), 8. Accessed December 13, 2017 via

6. Natrona County Tribune (April 21 1898), 8. Accessed December 13, 2017 via

7. Natrona County Tribune (May 26, 1898), 5. Accessed December 13, 2017 via

8. "Douglas Copper Mines," Natrona County Tribune (September 23, 1897), 1. Accessed December 13, 2017 via

9. The Black Hills Weekly Journal (December 11, 1908), 1. Accessed December 13, 2017 via

10."Chris Baysel Dead," Natrona County Tribune (November 1, 1911), 1. Accessed December 13, 2017 via

11. Casper Star Tribune (June 28, 1964), 29.

12. Casper Star Tribune (August 14, 1938) 27.

13. "Notice to Builders," Fremont (Nebraska) Tribune (February 17, 1887), 4.

14. "Notice to Bidders," Fremont (Nebraska) Tribune (February 9, 1887), 4.

Page Citation

Catherine Cramer & D. Murphy & E. F. Zimmer, “Christian Baysel (1857-1911), Civil Engineer,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 23, 2019. Accessed, October 1, 2022.

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