Mansion on the Hill


An authentic Victorian style home, the Mansion on the Hill was Ogallala’s finest residence when it was completed in 1887. Today, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is a favorite with visitors to Ogallala.

The Mansion was built by L.A. Brandhoefer, a wealthy Chicago banker who came to the area seeking the romance and adventure of the expanding West. The home was first occupied by the McWilliams family.

The mansion has many unique features, including ten foot ceilings, sixteen inch thick solid brick walls, walnut shuttered windows, and solid brass hardware throughout. Other attractions include two beautifully hand carved cherry wood fireplaces, carved corner blocks and panel inserts on doors and window frames, and ornate curved staircase leading to the second floor. The red brick used to build the mansion was kilned in Ogallala.

Visitors may also tour the authentic one room school house on the Mansion grounds. Built in 1902, the District #7 school house was originally located 5 miles south of Roscoe.

Owned by the Keith County Historical Society, the Mansion and school house have been preserved and maintained as historical landmarks and visitor attractions. They are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Tuesday through Saturday 9:00-4:00, Sundays 1:00-4:00, and closed Mondays.