Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is concentrated around two small hills (University and Carnegie) protruding from a grassy plain. It is here that an abundance of fossils from the Miocene Epoch (23 Million to 5 million years ago) were found. The fossils are predominantly Miocene Epoch mammals from about 20 million years ago and are amongst the best fossils of these animals ever found. Also found here are the "Daemonelix" a corkscrew shaped burrow made by a beaver-like animal. The museum inside the visitors center also houses a large collection of artifacts from the Plains Indians.
The Bone Cabin Complex (AKA the Harold J. Cook Homestead) is also on the grounds of the monument. The Cook's were friends with area Indian Tribes and collected the artifacts and items on display in the museum. There is a trail out to their cabin, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are three main hiking trails in the park: The Fossil Hill Trail; the Daemonelix Trail and the short trail leading to the cabin.
The current Nebraska State Capitol Building is the third building built on this site that has served as the state's capitol. The first was completed in 1868, and the second was completed in 1888. Both buildings had to be demolished due to poor construction practices. Their foundations had begun to settle and the exterior walls therefore began to crumble.
In 1919, the state legislature passed a bill that provided for the construction of a new capitol building. A nationwide design contest was won by New York architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue in 1920. His design was the first in the nation to depart from that of all other state capitol buildings that up until then featured a relatively short central dome. The Nebraska State Capitol Building instead features a central 400-foot (122-meter) domed tower topped by a 19-foot (six-meter) bronze sculpture entitled The Sower.
Construction began on the new building in 1922, and was completed in 1932. The exterior walls are built of Indiana limestone and contain carvings sculpted by Lee Lawrie that represent historic events in the 3,000-year evolution of democracy as a form of government.
The building's ornamental interior features numerous marble-columned rooms with vaulted polychrome tiled ceilings, marble mosaic floors designed by Hildreth Meiere, and murals that depict Nebraska's American Indian and pioneer cultures.
This untethered natural stream passes through the edge of the Great Plains, creating a unique mixture of plants and animals far out into an area of low moisture. While primarily a canoing river, there is limited access at several locations for hiking and camping.
In Nebraska, you can see the home town of famous writer Willa Cather ("O Pioneers!"). Cather grew up here until a young adult when she moved to the cities.
Many of Cather's novels are set out in the Nebraskan countryside, in places that resemble Red Cloud.
You can visit the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation and learn about the writer's life and Nebraskan life back in fer days.
Red Cloud is in south Central Nebraska, south of Kearney, close to the Kansas border.
The foundation is open year round.
The Original Pony Express Station is located two miles (three kilometers) north of Interstate 80 in Gothenburg. The log cabin also served as a trading post, ranch house, and stagecoach stop.
In 1860, the Pony Express was formed as a quick way to deliver mail to communities and farms in the growing West. The route stretched 1,996 miles (3,164 kilometers) from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. Young boys, the most famous of whom was Billy Cody, who later became known as Buffalo Bill, raced their ponies along the route, stopping often to deliver mail and change ponies at stations along the way. Riders rode from 75 to 100 miles (121 to 160 kilometers) per day, and changed horses every ten to 15 miles (16 to 24 kilometers).
By 1861, the Pony Express was rendered obsolete when telegraph lines were strung along the route, and Wells Fargo stagecoaches began to travel along the Platte River Valley on their way from Omaha to Sacramento. Although short-lived, the Pony Express has become part of the legend of the opening of the American West.
It is incredible how quickly the life can change.. just a few hours ago i was in Paris, and then a nice jamaican meal with my sister in Miami and here I am about to enter the house which we call the Blue house in Walthill among the Indians.. now for a few days nothing else exists.. we live in our own world, say the indians, and we just exist in theirs..
Photo # 1: CRUISE NEBRASKA ON A HARLEY....or any other two-wheeler. Just be careful!
Photo # 2: Most cropdusters are fixed-wing aircraft, often painted yellow. But here is a helicopter cropduster; if you look closely you can see the "wands" extending out from the sides. The chemicals spray out from these wands as the chopper flies just above the crop.
A sportmans paridise on the Platt River just a few miles downstream from the orginal Cabella's outlet. This is sand hill country so it is almost like being on the beach in Southern, California. Fishing is good, lots of boat ramps, and campgrounds and motels located around the lake.
This is hands-down the BEST zoo I have ever been to (Even better than the San Diego Zoo), I had a great time. The Henry Doorly zoo has an impressive selection of animals and displays that makes Omaha a worthy destination to visit for people who have an appreciation for zoos. I spent the entire day walking around non-stop and even managed not to see it all because there is just so much to take in. The place is enormous, and there is something for everyone, from a great aquarium with sharks, to the Desert Dome which has an exceptional nocturnal animal display that is one of a kind. If you have a spare moment in Omaha, go to the Zoo before you do anything else.
The Zoo, the Botanic Garden, Aksarben Race Track (Horses), fine dining, The Orpheum (legitimate theater), Westroads Shopping Mall, 77th ST, and the Old Market all make Omaha a place to visit. On business, there has not been much time for all of these, but many have been experienced.
My Omaha page
In Chappell, Nebraska, 1961, Dick Cabela modestly began Cabela's by offering free fishing lures and enclosing a catalog. In 1969 Cabela's opened their first large-scale store in Sydney, Nebraska. Even then, the company's foundation was in the catalog business and they still mail 120 million catalogs per year. Cabela's currently has 14 stores, mostly in the mid-west, with another 14 scheduled to open soon. Nebraska locations include Sydney, Kearney, and soon La Vista near Omaha.
Nebraska has 48,000 farms totaling 45,700,000 acres, averaging a 952 acres per farm. This makes the average farm size in Nebraska 10th largest in the nation. In terms of total acres of farming, Nebraska is 4th in the nation, behind only Texas, Montana, and Kansas.
Nebraska's #1 crop is grain corn, while the state also produces large quantities of soybeans and wheat.
Created in 1987, Carhenge is made of 38 American cars painted gray and aligned to resemble the ancient Stonehenge monument in England. Farmer Jim Reinders created the monument for his father. Though the townspeople originally wanted to tear it down, it is now advertised around the town, it has grown to include new art, and a visitors' center is under construction.
In 2006, Carhenge was included in a Nissan Pathfinder commercial.
Boothill cemetery in Ogallala was one of several "boothill " cemeteries we found out West.
Ogallala had a reputation for being a lawless place and lots of gun fights happened there.
The cemetery has very many young people burried in it. It was kind of strange looking at the graves. Usually cemetaries are not something I think of as a tourist destination.
This was the largest zoo we have ever visited and well worth the little detour. We spent 5 hours there, and still did not see everything. We skipped the aquarium stuff, since we have plenty of that at home. I was amazed at the amount of tigers and leopards they had! I counted at least 20. Most zoos only have one or two. I have never seen a Rhino before in a zoo, and there were a few rather odd looking creatures, one of them very disgusting : Hissing cockroach, yikes! Don't want that running around in my house...
The kids loved it and we had to practically drag them out.
I ran out of photos in my camera before we got to the tigers.