Route 6, The Grand Army of the Republic Highway in Nebraska

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We entered Nebraska in Omaha, spending the night there. Again the city had a wonderful museum called the Durham Museum inside their old Union Station and it is dedicated to preserving and displaying the history of the western region of the US. It was one of the many incredible museums we visited across the US. We also had a wonderful meal at Block 16 which features Alton Brown's favorite hamburger in the country. I didn't try it because they had so many other incredible sounding dishes. Our next overnight stop was in Lincoln, the capital city, where we spent two nights in order to do some laundry. The picture to the left is the sunken gardens in Lincoln. We also toured the state capitol building in Lincoln. For lunch our first day in Lincoln, we had our first Runza, a stuffed meat sandwich. The Runza is ground beef, cabbage and onion inside a yeast roll.

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In Hastings Nebraska they have another wonderful museum that has a planetarium., an IMAX theater and displays of life on the prairie, animals, weapons over the years and a large display on Kool/Aid because it was invented here. Just outside of Hastings is the remnants of The Navy Ammunition Depot that was started in 1942. It was built there, in the middle of the country, because bombers from Germany and Japan would not be able to reach it. At its peak it had 1800 enlisted men and 6700 civilians. The cement bunkers shown in the lower left photo are grass covered so they could not be detected from the air. While in Hastings we also went to a local bar that served a wonderful Nebraska Beef meal for about $12. In Minden Nebraska our first and only stop for this day was the Harold Warp Pioneer Village. It is one of the largest, most eclectic collections of stuff I have ever seen. I enjoyed all of the wooden carriages covering the 1800s. There were cars, tractors, trucks, furniture. Complete kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms from each decade. The list just goes on and on. Harold invented flex o glass. As we were getting close to leaving Nebraska we pulled into the small town of Wauneta to find their version of the Grand Canyon. We couldnít find a sign for it so we saw a guy pulling into the local paper and asked him. LOL he was new in town and didnít know so told us if we find out let him know. Next we stopped at a hair salon and asked. They knew!!!! After visiting the Grand Canyon we went back to the paper and told the guy where to find it. In the very middle of town in the main intersection they had a chalkboard easel that said there was a sloppy joe meal that night at the Sr center. LOL right in the middle of the intersection. There were some wonderful stops and wonderful food in Nebraska.

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