the picturesque view of our 9 acres of grapevines (planted in 2002) and
the ambiance of a beautifully changing landscape create a destination
site on their own, SchillingBridge Winery & Microbrewery also
two unique draws on the property. The first is an 1890 circa Limestone
Rock Island Railroad Bridge that links Pawnee City to her past railroad
years. The second historical feature is an archeological site where, in
1906, the University of Nebraska’s State Museum excavated two Asian
elephants, Venus and Hamburg, which are currently on display at Morrill
1904, the Campbell Brothers circus came to Pawnee City via the Rock
Island Railroad. Nadge, the elephant keeper, had gone to feed the
animals while carrying a torch and stumbled as he entered the railcar.
The hay on the floor of the railcar erupted into flames. Eight animals
met their demise in the fire: three elephants, two sacred cows, a bear,
a camel, and a zebra. All of these animals were buried on our vineyard
In 1906, the University
of Nebraska excavated the two Asian elephants, Venus and baby Hamburg,
because they didn't have that species in their collection. After
killing two of her handlers, Venus had become known as a "man-killer,"
but she was reported to be very loving to baby Hamburg.
1946, Morrill Hall added Venus and Hamburg to the display in “Elephant
Hall” on the UNL campus where these two elephants can still be seen