(William Cody) started his famous Wild West Show near his ranch in
North Platte. The first rodeo was held in North Platte on July 4, 1882.
mistakenly called the "Great American Desert" by European Explorers, is
one of the top farming areas in the world.
It is illegal to go whale fishing in
were used to build the only church in the U.S. made of this unusual
tribes native to the area were forced out by the U.S. government. At the
same time, others were pushed into
Borsheims in Omaha has the largest jewelry store in the nation.
Elephant Hall, a
museum in Lincoln, has the biggest collection of elephant skeletons in the
world. The biggest mammoth fossils ever discovered were found in Lincoln
In Waterloo, barbers are forbidden from
eating onions between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Day was started in
Nebraska City in
1872 by Sterling Morton to encourage tree planting.
westward journey of Meriweather Lewis and William Clark in 1804 took these
explorers up the Missouri River. The Missouri River makes up the eastern
border of Nebraska.
invented by Edwin Perkins in 1927 in Hastings. He changed his soft drink
syrup, Fruit Smack, into a powder to make it easier to ship.
a small town of about 3,000 people, gets many requests for cards
postmarked from the town on February 14th.
Ranch, near Comstock, has more water-pumping windmills (about 125)
gathered together than any other place on Earth.
Missouri, Omaha and Ponca
were some of the first people to live in the area.
migrations of millions of cranes, ducks and geese turn the Platte River
area into an amazing sight.
The Niobrara is one of the top canoeing rivers
in the country. It has more than 90 waterfalls.
Great Plains is a large, mostly flat area of grassland prairie in the
center of the continent.
Nebraska is a
Great Plains State.
Unicameral is the name of the only state legislature with only one branch.
All other states have two branches, usually a senate and a house of
representatives. The Unicameral is also different in that when candidates
run for office, they do not run on a certain party's ticket.
The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument
grabs travelers' attention near Kearney. Inside are exhibits about this
area as the gateway to the West.
High Plains Aquifer is a big underground layer of rocks and other
materials that are filled with water. Most of this aquifer is beneath
giving it more underground water than any other state.
are giant-sized, covering more than 100,000 acres.