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Gering Courier Building

Gering Courier Building
Gering Courier Building
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Pioneer newspaperman Asa Butler Wood constructed the two-story Gering Courier Building in Gering in 1915. The building is significant for its association with the newspaper publishing business in western Nebraska and the lives of A. B. and Warren Wood, as well as for its architecture. Designed by Danish emigrant Jens Pederson, the two-story, 28-by-60-foot brick Courier Building is located prominently in the center of town. It exhibits characteristics of the Colonial Revival/Neoclassical Style, with symmetrical pedimented entrances flanked by pilasters, and a parapeted roofline with a large classical cornice.

The Gering Courier was the first newspaper published in Gering. The history of the Courier Building is interwoven with the lives of the first owner, editor, and printer, A. B. Wood, and his son Warren C. Wood. Eventually becoming one of Nebraska’s most important citizens, A. B. Wood was 21 years old when he arrived in Gering to set up the newspaper. Over the years he recorded the news, events, and activities of the new settlement. Apart from his duties as an editor, he served as postmaster, was very active in community organizations, and helped lobby for the creation of new counties in western Nebraska. Wood was also politically active and was elected to the Nebraska State Senate. Warren C. Wood succeeded his father as owner, editor, and publisher of the Gering Courier, and he was an active promoter of the town and western Nebraska as a whole. He later became Major General of the Nebraska-Iowa National Guard and was highly decorated for his military service in World War II.
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The Gering Courier Building is located at 1428 10th St., in Gering, NE. The building is currently vacant and not open for the public to tour.

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