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5 Fun Facts About August 11 In Nebraska History

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1. On August 11, 1892, Nebraska's first electric streetcar began operation in Omaha. The streetcar ran from the Union Pacific Depot in downtown Omaha to West Omaha, covering a distance of 4.4 miles. This marked a significant advancement in transportation for the city.

2. In 1934, on August 11th, a record-breaking heat wave struck Nebraska, with temperatures reaching as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit. This extreme heat caused numerous deaths and illnesses, as many lacked access to air conditioning or proper hydration.

3. On this day in 1958, the Lincoln Telephone Company implemented a new area code for the state of Nebraska. The previous code, 402, was becoming overloaded with the growing number of phone users, so the company added the new code, 308, to divide the state into two regions.

4. August 11, 1978, marked the opening of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Museum in Ashland, Nebraska. The museum showcases historic aircraft and artifacts from the Cold War era, and attracts visitors from around the world.

5. In 2011, on August 11th, the historic Brodkey's jewelry store in downtown Omaha was destroyed in a fire. The store had been a fixture of the community since 1869, and the fire shocked and saddened many locals who had grown up with the business. Despite efforts to rebuild, the store was never fully restored.
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