Cyrus W. Wheeler (1822-1899), Architect-Builder

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Brownville, Nebraska, 1856-1874

C.W. Wheeler was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on October 15, 1822. He arrived in Brownville in 1856. Wheeler worked as County Judge for Nemaha County while also supplementing the town of Brownville with his building-contractor work, which included bridges.[3] He acquired patents on his innovative bridge designs in 1880.[1] Wheeler was married to Anna, and died on November 14, 1899.[6]

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.

Educational & Professional Associations

1856-____: Cyrus W. Wheeler, Architect-Builder, Brownville, Nebraska.

1858-1862: County Judge, Nemaha County [3]

Buildings & Projects

Second Store Building (1856), Brownville, Nebraska.[3]

Presbyterian Church (1857), Brownville, Nebraska.[3]

Brownville (now Marsh) House (1857), Brownville, Nebraska.[3]

Wheeler house (1858), Brownville, Nebraska.[3]

House for I. T. White (1858), Brownville, Nebraska.[3]

House owned by Dr. Eberly (1858), Brownville, Nebraska.[3]

Hoadley House (1858), Brownville, Nebraska.[3]

Building for Theo. Hill & Co. (1867), Brownville, Nebraska.[5]

Triangular Truss Iron Bridge (1874), Nemaha River, Nemaha County, Nebraska.[1][2]



1. “Triangular-Truss Bridge,” United State Patent Office, (March 29, 1880).

2. “Contract for Building Bridge Across the Nemaha River,” Nebraska Advertiser (January 22, 1874). Accessed through on March 14, 2017.

3. A. T. Andreas, “C.W. Wheeler,” 'History of the State of Nebraska Vol. 2. (Chicago: The Western Historical Society Company, 1882).

4. “C. W. Wheeler, Architect and Builder,” Nebraska Advertiser (July 15, 1858). Accessed through on March 14, 2017.

5. Nebraska Advertiser (February 7, 1867). Accessed through on March 14, 2017.

6. U.S., "Find A Grave Index," 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Accessed March 16, 2017. (Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012).

Page Citation

P.A. Haynes, “Cyrus W. Wheeler (1822-1899), Architect-Builder,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, March 16, 2017. Accessed, December 6, 2022.

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