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5 Fun Facts About September 17 In Nebraska History

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1. Statehood Day - September 17, 1867, marks an important day in Nebraska history, as it was the day the state was officially admitted into the Union as the 37th state.

2. Nebraska's Flag - September 17, 1925, was the day that Nebraska officially adopted its current state flag. The flag features a blue background with the state seal in the center, surrounded by the words "Nebraska" and "March 1st, 1867," the date of Nebraska's territorial organization.

3. Husker Football Milestone - On September 17, 1983, the University of Nebraska football team set a milestone by playing their 200th consecutive sell-out game, a record that still stands today. The Cornhuskers have a storied football history, and on this day they solidified their impressive record of having sold out every home game since 1962.

4. First Union Pacific Train - September 17, 1866, marked the day that the first Union Pacific train arrived in the city of Omaha, Nebraska. This was a significant event in the history of the state, as it marked the beginning of the railroad era in Nebraska, which brought about significant economic growth, and helped connect the state to the rest of the country.

5. Omaha Stockyards - On September 17, 1954, the Omaha Stockyards, one of the largest livestock markets in the world, was destroyed by a massive fire. The fire, which started in a livestock pen, quickly spread to other buildings, causing millions of dollars in damage. The stockyards were eventually rebuilt, but by the 1990s, the industry had declined, and the site was closed. Today, the former stockyard site is home to a development known as the South Omaha Campus, including a campus of Metropolitan Community College.
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