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Nebraska History Events
- Monday, Sep 1, 2014 to Friday, Jan 1, 2016: Nebraska History Museum Closed for Renovation
NHM will be closed for renovations until early 2016. NHM Store will be located on the first floor of the Capitol Bldg in the Landmark shop.
- Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 to Sunday, Jan 11, 2015: Let's See What You're Made Of
How well do you know yourself? See how your brain chemistry and social contacts make you who you are.
- Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 to Sunday, Oct 12, 2014: Oktoberfest at Arbor Day Farms
Get your German on! Enjoy brats, music & games this Sunday at the Barns at Arbor Day Farms.
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Did you know?
The Omaha Fire Dept. was organized in 1875 and began to hire professional firefighters. The only sources of water were cisterns. No city-wide water system until 1885 with the completion of the Florence waterworks.
The first electric street railway was completed in 1887. Street car lines were laid between Omaha and South Omaha.
1899 marked the year when Otto Bayesdorfer built a vehicle called the “Ottomobile”. He was the first of a dozen Omaha automakers. The Ottomobile weighed 265 pounds and reached speeds of 15 mph. It could not however climb Omaha’s steep hills.