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        Nebraska History Moments in Social Studies: Monuments & Historic Places

        Nebraska fun facts that are historical, arts related, science and literature based. This content falls under Nebraska State standards for Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts and Language Arts.

        Nebraska History Moment: Scotts Bluff National Monument

        Scotts Bluff National Monument in Gering, Nebraska was established as a National Monument in 1919. Towering above the North Platte River, Scotts Bluff has served as a landmark for Native Americans to emigrants on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails to travelers of today.

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        Nebraska History Moment: North Platte Bailey Yard

        The Bailey Yard today sees about 14,000 traincars roll through its yard daily. It is the largest railroad yard in the world and employs 1 in 10 North Platte residents.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Blackstone Hotel

        In the 1920s, The Blackstone was known nationwide as the preimiere hotel between Chicago and San Francisco along the Lincoln Highway. Some of the amenities included a fleet of limousines, its own magazine, ballroom, rooftop gardens, and award-winning restaurants.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Father Flanagan

        In 1917, Father Flanagan founded a home for homeless boys in Omaha that would eventually grow into Boys Town. Under his direction, Boys Town became a large community that helped boys receive an education and learn a trade. Flanagan famously said, "there's no such thing as a bad boy."

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        Nebraska History Moment: Fort McPherson National Cemetery

        Fort McPherson National Cemetary is a large landmark located in Lincoln County along the Platte River. It holds nearly 3,700 internments for United States soldiers who served the country on the front lines, from the "Indian Wars" all the way to both World Wars and more recent conflicts.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Genoa Indian School

        The Indian Industrial School at Genoa, Nebraska was the fourth non-reservation boarding institution established by the Office of Indian Affairs. The facility operated from 1884 until 1934. Now restored, it is a Historic Place owned and operated as the Genoa U.S. Indian School Museum.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Massacre Canyon

        Massacre Canyon may look like any other canyon in Hitchcock County, but the battle that took place here on August 5, 1873 cemented it in history. It was the last large scale battle between the area's tribes within the present-day U.S. A monument marking the event was erected in 1930, near Trenton.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Hastings Naval Ammunition Depot

        The Hastings Naval Ammunition Depot turned Hastings into a WWII factory town. Today, the area is home to many things including: Central Community College-Hastings campus, US Department of AG Meat Animal Research Center, industrial park, and the Nebraska National Guard.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Buffalo Bill Historical Park

        Buffalo Bill Cody's famous shows toured America and Europe from 1883 to the early 1910s. His legacy is a complicated one. However, no one can deny the massive influence of Buffalo Bill on American culture and the mythology of the Western Frontier.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Chimney Rock

        Chimney Rock is the most famous landmark on the Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails that traverse the east-west length of Nebraska. It is located in the North Platte river valley near Bayard. This iconic Nebraska symbol features on the Nebraska state quarter, minted in 2006.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Lied Jungle

        The Lied Jungle has made a huge impact on Nebraska tourism and Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. Dr. Lee Simmons' vision of a completely immersive attraction was different than nearly any zoo in the world. 80 feet tall, full of plants and animals from around the world, the Jungle doubled zoo attendance.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Daniel Freeman - Homestead National Monument

        When the Homestead Act went into effect in 1863, Daniel Freeman, a physician and Civil War veteran, became the first person to file a claim. He filed it ten minutes after midnight at the land offices in Brownville. The site of Freeman’s claim is now the site of the Homestead National Monument.

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        Nebraska History Moment: Nebraska's Hall of Fame

        The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961, with the induction of George Norris, as a way to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

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