Nebraska - Fast Facts & Trivia

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  • The University of Nebraska Cornhusker football team has produced more academic all-Americans than any other Division I school.

  • In Blue Hill, Nebraska, no woman with a hat who would scare a shy person can eat onions in public.

  • The world's first college course on radio personality Rush Limbaugh is taught at Bellevue University in Nebraska.

  • Origin of Nebraska's name: From an Oto Indian word meaning shallow water

  • 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 can seat 25 adults.

  • The world's largest hand-planted forest is the Halsey National Forrest near Thedford, Nebraska

  • The world's only museum dedicated to the fur trade is located in Fort Atkinson near Blair.

  • The famous architect Edward Durrell Stone designed the Stuhr Museum near Grand Island, Nebraska.

  • The weight room of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the largest in the country. It covers three quarters of a morning

  • Chevyland USA near Elm Creek, Nebraska is the only museum dedicated to a single line of cars.

  • The world's largest Kolache festival is located in Prague, Nebraska

  • Cozad, Nebraska is located on the 100th meridian, where the humid east meets the dry west.

  • In 1986, for the first time, two women ran in Nebraska as governors of one state.

  • The cost of the Nebraska Capitol building was 9.100, 440.07 in 1932. The construction work came under budget and the building was paid at the time of its completion.

  • The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is headquartered in Nebraska.

  • Buffalo Bill Cody held his first rodeo in North Platte, Nebraska on July 4, 1882.

  • In 1950, Omaha became the home of the College World Series.

  • In Nebraska, there are five army sites for the public: Atkinson, Kearny, Hartsuff, Sidney and Robinson.

  • Sidney, Nebraska was the starting point of the Black Hills Gold Rush.

  • Antelope and Buffalo are counties in Nebraska named after animals.

  • Dr. Harold Edgerton of Aurora, Nebraska, is the inventor of the flashlight.

  • Kearney, Nebraska is located exactly between Boston and San Francisco.

  • Nebraska was once called "The Great American Desert".

  • In 1927 Edwin E. Perkins of Hastings invented the soft drink Kool-Aid.

  • J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day in 1872 in the city of Nebraska.

  • The national nickname was the "Baumpflanzerstaat", but was changed in 1945 to the "Cornhusker State".

  • State insect is the honeybee.

  • State motto: equality before the law.

  • The goldenrod was declared a state flower on 4 April 1895.

  • The naval ordnance depot in Hastings was the largest US munitions factory, providing 40% of World War II ammunition.

  • The Song Jungle in Omaha is the largest indoor rainforest in the world.

  • Nebraska is the birthplace of the Reuben sandwich.

  • Spam (canned meat) is produced in Fremont.

  • Nebraska has the largest aquifer in the US (underground lake / water supply), the Ogalala Aquifer.

  • Nebraska has more miles than any other state.

  • The Union Pacific Bailey Yards in North Platte are the largest railway classification complex in the world.

  • Nebraska is the only state in the Union with single-chamber (one-house) legislation.

  • Nebraska was the first state to complete its segment of the United States Interstate freeway system, a 455 mile stretch of four-lane highway.

  • Nebraska is both the largest producer and the largest user of irrigation systems in the center.

  • Nebraska's Chimney Rock was the most frequently cited milestone in Oregon Trail traveler journal entries.

  • The 911 emergency call system, in operation nationwide today, was developed and used for the first time in Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Nebraska has more underground water reserves than any other state in the continental US.

  • Marlon Brando's mother gave Henry Fonda acting lessons at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

  • Lincoln County is the origin of the world's largest elephant fossil "Wolly Mammoth".

  • Weeping water is the largest limestone deposit and producer of the nations.

  • Mutual of Omaha corporate headquarters is a public building with 7 floors built underground.

  • The Nebraska Cornhuskers were to a record of 27 consecutive bowl games and 27 consecutive seasons

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