Category: About Nebraska

Summer is a great time of year in Nebraska. The corn is growing, everything is green and amazing Thunderstorms roll across the plains.

The result of these storms are some the best sunsets you’ll find anywhere. This was near Twin Lakes, west of Lincoln.

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NEBRASKA POEM

Smack in the middle of our great nation Is a state that requires
some explanation.
To east and west coasters who’ll come right out and ask ya’,
“Is there anything of interest in the State of Nebraska?”
It’s true we don’t have mountains all decked out in snow,
But we do have the world’s biggest live chicken show.
We’re the makers of Spam.
… We invented Kool-Aid, and this is where the first Reuben sandwich was made.
Our insect, the Honeybee. Our bird, the Meadowlark.
The strobe light, our creation, works best in the dark.
Governmentally speaking, we’re a freak of nature.
Since we have the only one-house state legislature.
On Arbor Day, when you plant a tree,
Remember that it started in Nebraska City.
We were once called a desert, but that name didn’t take,
Since we have the country’s largest underground lake.
We have the world’s largest forest planted by hand,
And more miles of rivers than any state in the land.
The College World Series calls Omaha “home,”
And yes, this is where the buffalo used to roam.
We were the first state in the nation to finish our Interstate section,
And the first to run two women in the gubernatorial election.
We invented 9-1-1 emergency communication,
And we’re the number one producer of center pivot irrigation.
Our woolly mammoth fossil is the largest ever found,
And our monumental “Carhenge” is certain to abound.
We have several museums that could be called odd,
Dedicated to Chevy’s, fur trading, roller skates and sod.
In Blue Hill, Nebraska, no woman wearing a hat, Can eat onions in
public. Imagine that!
We built the largest porch swing and indoor rain forest,
And anyone who visits is sure to adore us.
So pack up the kiddies, the pets and the wife,
And see why Nebraska is called “THE GOOD LIFE.”

The author is Curt Bright, from the band Stringbeans, and here is a link to their website. https://www.thestringbeans.com/

Even in the cold, February and March is a great time to get out and see Bald Eagles wintering in Nebraska. Several locations along the Missouri River are reporting eagles including locations near Gavin’s Point Dam by Yankton.

We have personally viewed eagles this last weekend (Feb. 20th – 22nd) at Johnson Lake near Lexington and several small lakes along I-80 near Grand Island.

Nothing cooler than watching these birds snatch a full size fish near the edge of the ice out on the lakes. Truly an awesome sight.

A few words of advice. . .

1. Show respect for the birds

  • Give them space ( view from a distance)
  • Do not hunt ( it is illegal, and also an American Treasure)
  • Show respect for private and public lands. (Ask for permission on private property)

Follow these simple rules for a great viewing experience!

 

John

Paul Revere Dick was born January 7, 1938 in Harvard, Nebraska and died October 4th, 2014 in his hometown of Garden Valley, Idaho. The band, Paul Revere & the Raiders began as an instrumental rock band led by organist and founder Paul Revere Dick (January 7, 1938 – October 4, 2014).

In his early 20s, Revere owned several restaurants in Caldwell, Idaho and first met singer Mark Lindsay while picking up hamburger buns from the bakery where Lindsay worked. Lindsay joined Revere’s band in 1958. Originally called the Downbeats, they changed their name to Paul Revere & the Raiders in 1960 on the eve of their first record release for Gardena Records. The band garnered their first hit in 1961, with the instrumental “Like, Long Hair”. When Revere was drafted for military service, he became a conscientious objector and worked as a cook at a mental institution for a year and a half of deferred service. During the same time period, Lindsay pumped gas in Wilsonville, Oregon.

By summer 1962, Revere and Lindsay were working together again in Oregon. Around this time, KISN DJ Roger Hart, who was producing teen dances, was looking for a band to hire. Hart had a casual conversation with a bank teller who told him about a band called “Paul Revere-something”. Hart obtained Revere’s phone number and they met for lunch. Hart hired the band for one of his teen dances. Soon afterward, Hart became the group’s personal manager.

Their first major national hit, “Just Like Me” (No. 11, 1965) was one of the first rock records to feature a distinctive, double-tracked guitar solo, performed by guitarist Drake Levin. The band appeared regularly in the U.S. on national television, most notably on Dick Clark’s Where the Action Is, Happening ’68, and It’s Happening, the latter two co-hosted by Revere and Lindsay.

Their hits from the this period included “Kicks” (Billboard Pop Chart No. 4), “Hungry” (No. 6), “The Great Airplane Strike” (No. 20), “Good Thing” (No. 4), and “Him or Me – What’s It Gonna Be?” (No. 5). Of these, “Kicks” became their best-known song, an anti-drug message written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil that was originally earmarked for the Animals. In mid-1967, with three gold albums to their credit, the Raiders were Columbia’s top-selling rock group. Later, top 40 hits would include “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone” and “Indian Reservation”.

On October 13, 2007, Paul Revere & the Raiders were officially inducted, along with their Manager Roger Hart, into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. In attendance were Mark Lindsay, Phil “Fang” Volk, and Roger Hart to accept their awards. In 2010, the band was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Revere announced his retirement from the band in August 2014; the group plans to tour without him as “Paul Revere’s Raiders”.

In October 2014, the band’s web site announced that Revere had died “peacefully” on October 4, 2014, at his Garden Valley, Idaho home, a “small estate overlooking a tranquil river canyon”, after a battle with cancer. He was 76 years old.
Additional sources

Wikipedia

Rolling Stone

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Hate to say it but . . . Fall is officially here. That crisp chill in the evening air, harvest in full swing, and the Huskers have now played four games. These are all seasonal signs in Nebraska. The leaves on the trees are starting to change color. Now is a great time to get out and take a Sunday cruise in your car or on your motorcycle. There are some great destinations to see these beautiful changes.

Here are a few from East . . .

  • Indian Cave State Park – near Brownsville
  • Along the Missouri River – fromm Omaha to Fort Calhoun
  • Ponca State Park – near Ponca
  • Platte River State Park – near Louisville
  • The Elkhorn River – from Omaha to Norfolk
  • Wagontrain and Stagecoach Lakes – near Lincoln
  • Anywhere along the Platte River

To West . . .

  • Lewis and Clark Lake, Missouri River – near Crofton
  • Calamus Reservoir and the Burwell Area
  • Niobrara National Scenic River – near Valentine
  • Nebraska National Forest – near Halsey
  • Johnson Lake – near Lexington
  • Wildcat Hills – near Scottsbluff
  • Chadron State Park – near Chadron

We’ve named just a few here that are more popular and also locations that I have travelled to during the fall. There are many more scenic routes or areas for this time of year, but too numerous to put here.

If you have a favorite not mentioned here, leave a reply. I’d be happy to add it to the list.

neb markersNebraska has a rich history from the early pioneer days, times of the settlers and early travel across our state. Many of our forgotten town sites, locales, people, points of interest and sites of historical value are marked by the Nebraska State Historical Society. Visit the official Nebraska State Historical Website for updated markers and their locations. Better yet . . . print off the list and see how many you have visited or will visit. If you enjoy traveling, make a game of it. Send us a comment about your favorite marker and why.

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