Elgin, Nebraska: Bells of the Prairie

Retired farmer Jim Meis has filled his yard with dozens of old bells. Ringing them is expected.

408 S. 2nd St., Elgin, NE
South side of town, on the west side of Hwy 14/S. 2nd St., at its intersection with Bowen St. When you pull in, it would be courteous to let the homeowner know that you are there.
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Bells of the Prairie.

Bells of the Prairie

This fascinating collection of hundreds of bells -- from schools and churches from the late 1800s and early 1900s -- is on display next to a nice homeowner's front driveway.

[Joseph Kerski, 01/24/2022]
Bells of the Prairie

I wandered up, and then Jim came out to greet me. He told me about the difference between the dinner, school, and church bells, then gonged one of the big ol' church bells... at a little before 8 AM.

[Hoody, 01/09/2021]

Retired farmer Jim Meis has been collecting bells, and displaying them outside his home, for years.


Bells of the Prairie

A quirky collection of bells and other random architectural pieces. Several neat cast iron animals, weather vanes, and large bells from churches, schools, and fire stations.

[Amy Montgomery, 06/29/2017]

Retired farmer Jim Meis has filled his yard with dozens of old bells. Ringing them is expected.

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