Our Historical Markers across Nebraska highlight fascinating moments and places in our state’s past.
Today we focus on one of many irrigation flumes constructed by the Maginnis Flume Factory, which helped to expand the agricultural capabilities of Kimball County.
Old Highway 30, approx 6 mi west of Kimball, Kimball County, Nebraska
In 1910 the Kimball Irrigation District voted to construct an irrigation system with a reservoir and two canals. The rough topography traversed by the canals required several aqueducts, which used flumes manufactured in Kimball, Nebraska, by Patrick Maginnis. He began building flumes in the late 1890s and soon developed the patented Galvanized Steel Flume. The Maginnis Flume Factory opened shortly thereafter, and produced flumes for projects throughout the region. This flume is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.