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5 Fun Facts About March 28 In Nebraska History

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1. On March 28, 1890, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was officially designated as the state's land-grant institution. This designation provided federal funds for the university to support education and research in agriculture, mechanical arts, and military tactics.

2. The first Nebraska State Capitol building was completed on March 28, 1869. The building, which was located in Lincoln, was made of brick and stone and had a central dome with a gold-plated statue of a farmer on top. The building was destroyed by fire in 1917 and replaced with the current State Capitol building.

3. Nebraska's first radio station, KFAB, was licensed on March 28, 1922. The station, which was located in Omaha, was originally owned by the Omaha Bee newspaper and broadcast news, music, and sports programming.

4. The Lincoln Municipal Airport (now called Lincoln Airport) was dedicated on March 28, 1954. The airport was built to replace the old Lincoln Airport, which was located closer to the city center. The new airport featured a longer runway and modern facilities to accommodate larger planes.

5. On March 28, 1864, the first stagecoach arrived in Nebraska City from St. Joseph, Missouri. The stagecoach, which was operated by the Butterfield Overland Mail Company, carried passengers, mail, and goods between St. Joseph and San Francisco. The route passed through several Nebraska towns, including Nebraska City, before continuing west.
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