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

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Brownville, Nebraska, 1856-__

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

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

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 across Nemaha River (1874). [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]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “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, November 29, 2023.

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