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Nebraska, like its name, is unique! It is "one of a kind" in many ways, from its distinctive shape, diverse weather, and varied terrain, to its own brand of politics, either very conservative or surprisingly progressive.
Nebraska was once called "The Great American Desert". Once considered part of the Great American Desert, it is now a leading farming and ranching state. Nebraska is a leading grain-producer with bumper crops of sorghum, corn, and wheat. More varieties of grass, valuable for forage, grow in this state than in any other in the nation. The state's sizable cattle and hog industries make Dakota City and Lexington among the nation's largest meat-packing centers.
Manufacturing has become diversified: Firms making electronic components, auto accessories, pharmaceuticals, and mobile homes have joined such older industries as clothing, farm machinery, chemicals, and transportation equipment. Oil was discovered in 1939 and natural gas in 1949.
Among the principal attractions are Agate Fossil Beds, Homestead, and Scotts Bluff National Monuments; Chimney Rock National Historic Site; a recreated pioneer village at Minden; SAC Museum near Ashland; the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer Grand Island; Boys Town; the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and the Lied Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln; the State Capitol in Lincoln; the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha; the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha; Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney; Museum of Nebraska History in Lincoln; and the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln.
In 1927, Edwin E. Perkins of Hastings invented the powered soft drink Kool-Aid. In 1872, J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day in Nebraska City. Spam (canned meat) is produced in Fremont. Nebraska has the U.S.'s largest aquifer (underground lake/water supply), the Ogalala aquifer. Lincoln County is the origin of the world's largest "Wolly Mammoth" elephant fossil.
The Union Pacific's Bailey Yards, in North Platte, is the largest rail classification complex in the world. Union Pacific Railroad's museum is headquartered in Nebraska. The 911 system of emergency communications, now used nationwide, was developed and first used in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Dr. Harold Edgerton of Aurora, Nebraska is the inventor of the strobe light. Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska in 1917.Buffalo Bill Cody held his first rodeo in North Platte, Nebraska July 4, 1882. Marlon Brando's mother gave Henry Fonda acting lessons at the Omaha Community Playhouse.