In 1871, at the age of 22, William Louden arrived at the Republican River and after scouting the area decided to settle here, because the land was "superior." Louden's log cabin was Superior's first home, Post Office and general store. The town grew quickly due to expansion of the railroad, and Superior became home to many well-respected individuals including George Scoular, founder of Scoular Grain; and Evelyn Brodstone who became the world's highest paid female executive of her time. In her later years Brodstone married Lord William Vestey and resided at Kingswood Castle in London. After her death, Lady Vestey's ashes were sent back to Superior for interment, making her the only nobility to be buried in the state of Nebraska. Each year, during the Memorial Day weekend, Superior celebrates its Victorian heritage and pays tribute to a remarkable woman who was also one of it's greatest benefactors.
In 1928, Evelyn Brodstone Vestey and her brother Lewis Brodstone donated funds to build a hospital in Superior in memory of their mother Mathilde, who was an advocate of local healthcare. Hailed as the finest hospital serving a town the size of Superior, Brodstone Memorial Hospital provided quality care to those in need - regardless of their ability to pay. The tradition of medical excellence in that 25-bed hospital has carried on through the years and Brodstone Memorial Hospital grew with the community.
In 1966, the residents of Nuckolls County approved a bond issue to increase the size of the hospital. In 1978, the 49-bed structure was renamed - Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital, a name which reflected the commitment of the area in which it served.
In 1994, the hospital improved its parking area, expanded central supply, and added an ambulance garage. In 1995, a new Emergency Department was added to the hospital which helped to increase efficiency and response time for the staff.
In 2002, the hospital bylaws neededs to be amended to allow the hospital to borrow money for a new construction project. The name "Brodstone Memorial Nuckolls County Hospital" was long, cumbersome, and somewhat confusing as the hospital was not governed by the county. The name was changed back to "Brodstone Memorial Hospital".
In January, 2002, the Nelson Family Medical Center moved to its current location, 76 West 8th Street. This primary care clinic is open 5 days a week and is staffed by the healthcare providers from Superior Family Medical Center.
October 1, 2002 Superior Family Medical Center was purchased by Brodstone Memorial Hospital. The clinic was first constructed in 1974 by the Superior Medical Developmenrt Corporation. The corporation was organized by Superior business people to promote the development of improved medical facilities.
In 2005, a 5.4 million dollar project was completed which provided for new areas for the business office, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, ultra-sound, mammogram, and the gift shop. Departments with remodeled areas include the bone density room, specialty clinic area, doctor's dictation room, laboratory and phlebotomy room, and central supply on the first floor. Second floor construction provided for a 13 room surgery suite which includes 2 major operating rooms, endoscopy room, new pre-operative area, post operative recovery area, and storage areas. The nurse's station area includes a doctor's dictation office, nurse's charting room, central supply area, medication preparation room, nurse's lounge, several administrative offices and storage. Eighteen patient rooms were remodeled to be private rooms with four being handicap accessible. We also created a Sleep Lab with a sleep technologist on staff full time. A safe, quiet environment with the latest technology is available for these studies.
In August, 2010 an 8.2 million dollar project was completed which added a new clinic and a MRI/CAT scan suite. Superior Family Medical Center is now attached to the hospital with the entrance on the northwest end of our campus. Ample parking is located across the street north. Our patients enjoy a new admissions area for all services, with two new waiting rooms adjacent to the Specialty Clinic area for visiting physicians. Lab facilities for the clinic and hospital have been combined conveniently located next to the clinic. We also have brought the MRI servcice in house and have upgraded the CT scan.
The former clinic located at 1050 Washington is now has offices for dental and mental services. The monthly immunization services for children are are also located at this building now referred to as the East Building.
Superior has a very active Chamber of Commerce. With over 125 members, the Chamber is a great networking source for area businesses. The Chamber works collectively with the City of Superior and Superior's Economic Development Council to promote growth and stability in the County. Nuckolls County Courthouse Superior is located in Nuckolls County - a progressive rural, agricultural community. The County's 4,400 residents take great pride in caring for their corner of the world. The county seat is located in Nelson - 13 miles north of Superior.
Superior Public Schools, K-12, is designated as a Nebraska Class C2 school and has an excellent academic reputation. A new addition was constructed in 2011 at the site of the high school, 601 W. 8th, consolidating all grades in the same building. Students participate in many extra-curricular activities including FFA, FCCLA, Student Council, football, volleyball, cross county, basketball, wrestling, track & field and boys & girls golf. Superior's younger youth are also encouraged to participate in Superior's spring Track Club, winter YMCA basketball leagues, flag football, t-ball, softball, baseball, Boys & Girls Scout Troops, and many more organized activities.
Lovewell Lake State Park, seven miles south of Superior, is a great place for fishing, camping and just relaxing. Lake amenities include a marina, boat ramps, boat rentals, camping with electrical hook-ups, picnic shelters, play ground, and cabins. Superior's City Park has a playground, band shelter, picnic shelter, and swimming pool with handicap facilities. The Nuckolls County Museum is also located near the park. The Lincoln Park, located on the west edge of town offers camping facilities, a horseshoe pitching area, sand volleyball courts, picnic shelters, and children's play equipment. The Crest Theatre shows first-run movies and offers a selection of movie rentals. The Superior County Club has a beautiful nine-hole, grass green, course. Country Club Cart rentals are available and golfers are invited to relax in the Club House after a challenging round of golf. Other recreational activities in the area include: golf driving range, community track, softball/baseball fields, wildlife/hunting, bowling alley, skating rink, and tennis courts.
For more information, visit the Superior Community Website.