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Omaha, Nebraska Composite of Three Photos

Three photos of Omaha, Nebraska are: 1) The ornate façade of the J.L. Brandeis and Sons Store built in 1906; 2) A playground featuring large abstract sculptures near the Joslyn Memorial Art Museum; and 3) One of the 58, larger-than-life, 200 pound bronze Canadian geese that “fly” through a downtown intersection as part of “The […]

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Joslyn Memorial Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska

The art deco exterior of the Joslyn Memorial Art Museum in Omaha is a tribute to the early settlers of the plains. The façade features sculptures and carvings of White and Native Americans plus stylized thunderbirds carved into the capitals of the Doric columns. The interior is covered with 38 different marbles. This provides an […]

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Buffalo Bill Cody’s House in North Platte, Nebraska

Bill Cody had Buffalo added to his name after reportedly killing 4,200 bison in 18 months to feed railroad workers. The Medal of Honor winner is best known for his ten-year tour in Wild West shows. He performed with other celebrities such as Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane. In 1886, he purchased 4,000 acres in […]

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Pony Express Plaque at Ehmen Park Station in Gothenburg, Nebraska

Next time your email is slow, think of the Pony Express. For only 18 months in 1860 and 1861, 120 riders carried mail up to 75 miles a day in a mochila (pouch), together with water, a gun and a Bible. There were 184 stations along the 1,900 mile trail stretching from Missouri to California. […]

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Wagon Train at Pioneer Courage Park in Omaha, Nebraska

Across six blocks in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, are more than 120 sculptures in the Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness and Pioneer Courage parks. This bronze, 12 foot high covered wagon stuck in a dry creek bed is one of four pioneer families heading west on May 21, 1841. The elaborate artworks by Blair Buswell and Ed […]

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Fiberglass Bison Statue at Great Platte River Road Archway near Kearney, Nebraska

This ten foot tall, fiberglass bison statue by Gary Ginther sits next to the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument near Kearney, Nebraska. Ted Turner, the CNN founder and owner of the nation’s largest buffalo herd on his Vermejo Park Ranch, commissioned the statue in 2002. The nearby archway resembles a covered wagon and sunset […]

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Nebraska State Capitol Building in Lincoln, Nebraska

The first two Nebraska state capitols followed traditional styles but crumbled from poor construction. The third building, finished in Lincoln in 1932, resulted in a 15 story skyscraper. The nontraditional design inspired the capitol towers in North Dakota, Louisiana and Florida. At its 362 foot peak is a bronze statue called, “The Sower” featuring a […]

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Nebraska State Capitol East Warner Chamber Doors in Lincoln, Nebraska

The Warner Legislative Chamber’s doors in the Nebraska State Capitol are a beautifully carved, symbolic tribute to Native Americans. These East Chamber doors feature a stalk of corn in the center with a Thunderbird (representing rain and life) on top. On the right is an Indian standing on an otter representing medicine. On the left […]