Nebraska

How does one describe the state of Nebraska?

 

“One big prairie” would be perfect!

 

Unique Oddities in Nebraska

 

Travelers and residents alike seek out places to visit. Nebraska has quite a bit to offer in the way of attractions. However, there are hidden rarities that attract people seeking something a little more unique that is an eyebrow-raiser.

 

“Carhenge”

 

This bizarre rendering of the Stonehenge located in England was designed by artist Jim Reinders. He wanted to bring the beauty of Stonehenge to Nebraska with the goal of embracing a modernistic approach with an American flare with this monument.

With the help from family members during a family reunion, Reinders propped up thirty-eight vehicles that had a mirror effect of Stonehenge’s structure. The vehicles in this project included cars, a pickup truck, an ambulance and a Cadillac.

 

You can find this ob·jet d’art three miles north of Alliance, Nebraska located on Highway 87.

 

World’s Largest Stamp Ball

 

Words can’t quite begin to describe this giant ball of stamps!

 

A group of boys from Boys Town began a Town Stamp Collecting Club. Out of sheer boredom, these boys started their collection in 1953. They used a golf ball as the base to which they would begin sticking their stamps to. By 1955, the size of this stamp ball caught the attention of Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

As with any other project, the boys became bored with it and retired it where it can be seen on display at Boys Town, Nebraska located just outside of Omaha.

 

The National Museum of Roller Skating

 

For all of you rollerskating fanatics, this is right up your alley! You can view the history of the rollerskate at this museum. The displays of skates not only preserve the historical background of skating but also serves to educate.

 

Kool-Aid Exhibit – “Oh Yeahhhh!”

 

Who could resist a tour of the Kool-Aid exhibit?  Just the mere mention of Kool-Aid brings back fond memories of drinking this beverage with its fruity color and the famous post-drink “Kool-Aid Mustache” that was left behind on our upper lips.

 

The Kool-Aid exhibit is for all to see at the Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The humble beginnings of getting Kool-Aid off and running with marketing strategies, packaging, and advertising, are just a few things you can see at this exhibit.

As visitors enter the exhibit, a flowing river of digitally lit Kool-Aid guides them through. But beware because the Kool-Aid man may come crashing through the wall with his well known “Oh Yeahhhh!”

 

The Biggest Pair of Britches (Overalls) in the World!

 

When standing in front of these humongous overalls, one can only go “hmmm.” It racks the brain trying to figure out who on earth could fit into this pair of britches.

 

These 7 feet wide, 18 feet tall pair of overalls were made as a display for a vendor that was at the state fair. You can bet your bottom dollar unless you are the jolly green giant, you won’t be wearing these anytime soon!

 

Unfortunately, these overalls are not on display for the public to see but are now owned by a private resident in Lincoln, Nebraska who claimed them after the state fair was over years ago.

 

World’s Biggest Time Capsule

 

Seward, Nebraska is home to a time capsule that is the largest in the world. Harold Davisson, a local of Seward, decided to create this monstrosity for his grandkids.

 

In 1975, Davisson buried a 45-ton vault under the front lawn in front of his store. Within this vault, he placed things that he wanted his grandchildren to see that reflected his life.

 

There was a very eclectic array of items that numbered well over 5000 thousand things. Some of the items were a Chevy Vega, a leisure suit, bikini underwear, a concrete statue of an Indian, a 1975 Datsun, telephone books and more.

Davisson’s capsule was sealed in 1975 and is to be opened up in 2025. The Guinness Book of World Records officially certified his capsule as the largest. Davisson died in 1999; however, he left a rather interesting legacy in the time capsule that his grandkids will be able to see in 7 years!

 

The Giant 15-foot Fork

 

Omaha, Nebraska has a pretty BIG fork!  No one is sure what the history is behind this other than it being created as a display for a local eatery.

 

World’s Largest Covered Porch Swing

 

Who doesn’t enjoy a nice relaxing porch swing? Holding 32 people at one time, it is the ultimate in having a place to sit and relax for your family and friends!

 

You can take a load off your feet and plop right down on this big swing in Hebron, Nebraska.

 

Nebraska offers the traveler a unique perspective with sites to see!

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