- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

SCHUYLER, Neb. (AP) - History hunters will be compiling a list of historic buildings, structures and homes in eastern Nebraska’s Butler and Colfax counties.

The project is being undertaken by Patrick Haynes, who is a historic building survey coordinator with the Nebraska State Historical Society, and Tim Smith, a historian with the architectural firm Mead and Hunt.

Mead and Hunt has conducted several Nebraska surveys for the historical society, including one of historic roads such as the Lincoln Highway, according to the Columbus Telegram (https://bit.ly/2edzbaV ).

Smith and his team will drive every road in Butler and Colfax counties, seeking any potentially historically significant site, such as battlefields, cemeteries, bridges, churches, homes and schools. The team won’t trespass on private property, Smith said.

People with historically significant items or structures are being asked to contact Smith and his team so the significance can be better evaluated.

The team also will be seeking historic districts, Smith told people attending a recent meeting in Schuyler.

“In districts we have a lot of properties that can benefit in that kind of way,” Haynes said. “Instead of putting a lot of effort into a lot of individual properties, which obviously takes a longer amount of time, by doing historic districts we can reach the most benefit to the most people.”

Some of those benefits include federal and state tax credits and breaks on property taxes for historic buildings that are renovated, Haynes said.

The team expects to complete its survey by April. Its report will be available online.

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Information from: Columbus Telegram, https://www.columbustelegram.com

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