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15 Fun Facts about Nebraska

Origin of Kool-Aid Soft Drink
Nebraska has its official state soft drink called Kool-Aid that was created in 1927 by Edwin Perkins in Hastings, Nebraska.
Largest Indoor Rain-forest
Nebraska boasts of having the largest indoor rain-forest in the U.S. with 1.5-acre land and eight-story tall building at the Henry Doorly Zoo. A variety of flora and fauna and various exotic animals make it a tourist attraction.
The Carhenge that is a replica of the historic English Stonehenge, made up of 39 old cars arranged in different positions, is also located in Alliance, Nebraska.
Lighthouse Without Ocean
Nebraska doesn’t have any ocean but has a lighthouse standing along the road in Ashland, Nebraska. The lighthouse was constructed 75 years ago.
Did You Know?
The 9-1-1 system of emergency communication was first developed in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Arbor Day
With the initiative of Julius Sterling Morton to plant trees, Arbor Day began first in Nebraska. Since 1885, Arbor Day is celebrated on 22nd April and has become a legal holiday in Nebraska.
Home of Warren Buffet
One of the most renowned billionaires, Warren Buffet lives in Omaha, Nebraska. He is well-known as ‘Wizard of Omaha’ or ‘Oracle of Omaha.’
Largest Mammoth Fossil
Nebraska claims of world’s largest mammoth fossil at the Elephant Hall in University of Nebraska State Museum. Identified as remains of Colombian mammoth, the fossil is also Nebraska’s official state fossil.
The Big Football Stadium
Nebraska boasts having the biggest Cornhuskers’ football stadium with a seating capacity of over 90,000 people. No wonder the stadium becomes the third-most populated place on the game day!
Delicious Runza
Nebraskan Foodies love the local dish of Nebraska called Runza that is a fast-food chain with hot stuffed pastries. Nebraska has about 83 Runza restaurants within the state.
Chef Boyardee
Omaha, Nebraska houses a six-feet-tall statue of famous chef Boyardee who was a real person. His friendly face is found on the cans of pasta products. The Boyardee brand is owned by Conagra brands.
Least Population yet Home of Big Celebrities
Nebraska is the least densely populated state with 1.8 million population. However, it boasts to be home to big-name stars such as Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, Gerald Ford, and Nick Nolte.
Nebraska State Mammal
White-tailed deer with exceptional power and beauty was declared official state mammal of Nebraska in 1981. It has incredible running speed of 40 miles per hour, a jump of 9 feet fences, and swimming at 13 miles per hour.
Also, Elk is one of the largest deer species in Nebraska.
Tourist Attractions in Nebraska
Although ignored as a travel destination, Nebraska does hold several attractions that are worth visiting, such as:-
  • Chimney Rock
  • Sandhills
  • Indian Cave State Park
  • Old Market in Omaha
  • Strategic Air & Space Museum
  • Golden Spike Tower

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