Nebraska Firsts, Facts, and Trivia
Nebraska Famous Firsts, Nebraska Interesting Facts, Nebraska Trivia
In 1927, Edwin E. Perkins of Hastings invented the powered soft drink Kool-Aid.
More Nebraska Firsts, Facts, and Trivia
- Nebraska was once called "The Great American Desert".
- In 1927, Edwin E. Perkins of Hastings invented the powered soft
- J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day in Nebraska City in 1872.
- The state nickname used to be the "Tree Planter's State", but
was changed in 1945 to the "Cornhusker State".
- State insect is the honeybee.
- State motto: Equality before the law.
- The goldenrod was declared the state flower on April 4, 1895.
- The Naval Ammunition Depot located in Hastings was the largest
U.S. ammunition plant providing 40% of WWII's ammunition.
- The Lied Jungle located in Omaha is the world's largest indoor
- Nebraska is the birthplace of the Reuben sandwich.
- Spam (canned meat) is produced in Fremont.
- Nebraska has the U.S.'s largest aquifer (underground lake/water
supply), the Ogalala aquifer.
- Nebraska has more miles of river than any other state.
- The Union Pacific's Bailey Yards, in North Platte, is the
largest rail classification complex in the world.
- Nebraska is the only state in the union with a unicameral (one
- Nebraska was the first state to complete its segment of the
nations mainline interstate system, a 455 mile stretch of four lane
- Nebraska is both the nation's largest producer and user of
center pivot irrigation.
- Nebraska's Chimney rock was the most often mentioned landmark in
journal entries by travelers on the Oregon Trail.
- The 911 system of emergency communications, now used nationwide,
was developed and first used in Lincoln, Nebraska.
- Nebraska has more underground water reserves than any other
state in the continental U.S.
- Marlon Brando's mother gave Henry Fonda acting lessons at the
Omaha Community Playhouse.
- Lincoln County is the origin of the world's largest "Wolly
Mammoth" elephant fossil.
- Weeping Water is the nations largest limestone deposit and
- Mutual of Omaha Corporate headquarters is a public building
built with 7 floors underground.
- The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been to a record 27 consecutive
bowl games and 27 consecutive winning seasons
- The University of Nebraska Cornhusker football team has produced
more Academic All-Americans than any other Division I school.
- In Blue Hill, Nebraska, no female wearing a 'hat that would
scare a timid person' can be seen eating onions in public.
- The world's first college course about radio personality Rush
Limbaugh is taught at Bellevue University in Nebraska.
- Origin of Nebraska's Name: From an Oto Indian word meaning flat
- Nebraska's Motto: Equality Before the Law
- Nebraska's State Gem is the Blue Agate
- The largest porch swing in the world is located in Hebron,
Nebraska and it can sit 25 adults.
- The world's largest hand-planted forest is Halsey National
Forrest near Thedford, Nebraska
- The world's only museum dedicated to Fur Trading is located at
Fort Atkinson near Blair.
- The famous architect, Edward Durrell Stone, designed the Stuhr
Museum near Grand Island, Nebraska.
- The University of Nebraska-Lincoln weight room is the largest in
the country. It covers three-fourths of an acre
- Chevyland USA near Elm Creek, Nebraska is the only museum
dedicated to a single line of cars.
- The largest Kolache Festival in the world is located in Prague,
- Cozad, Nebraska is located on the 100th Meridian where the humid
east meets the arid west.
- In Nebraska in 1986 for the first time ever two women ran
against each other for governorship of a state.
- The cost of the Nebraska Capitol building was $ 9,800,440.07 in
1932. The construction job came in under budget and the building was
paid for by the time it was completed.
- Union Pacific Railroad's museum is headquartered in Nebraska.
- Buffalo Bill Cody held his first rodeo in North Platte, Nebraska
July 4, 1882.
- In 1950, Omaha became the home of the College World Series.
- There are five army forts open to the public in Nebraska:
Atkinson, Kearny, Hartsuff, Sidney, and Robinson.
- Sidney, Nebraska was the starting point of the Black Hills Gold
- Antelope and Buffalo are counties in Nebraska named after
- Dr. Harold Edgerton of Aurora, Nebraska is the inventor of the
- Kearney, Nebraska is located exactly between Boston and San
- Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska in 1917.
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