There’s No Cemetery In The World Quite Like This One In Nebraska

A quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin goes, “One can tell the morals of a culture by the way they treat their dead.” The people of Nelson, in Nuckolls County, valued their departed so much at the turn of the 20th century that they completed an impressive feat of engineering to make it possible to visit the town cemetery as often as they wanted.

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Today, the walkway still stands as a symbol of one little town’s determination and sense of community. There is no other cemetery walkway like it in the entire country; the dedication and ingenuity of the people of Nelson is unrivaled.

For a story of another unique Nebraska town, check out the unusual history of Niobrara.