8 Shocking Things You Had No Idea Happened In Nebraska

You’d be surprised what’s happened in Nebraska over the years. The state was officially founded in 1867, although it had been settled informally for many years before that. In the 150 plus years since then a lot has gone on. We’ve compiled some of the most interesting stories about Nebraska you probably never heard about.

8. 344 people picked up a barn and walked it to its new location.

This is such a great story. In 1988, Herman Ostry and his family, of Bruno, needed to move their barn out of the way of dangerous flood waters. The quotes Ostry got from moving companies were too much for the family, so they came up with a better plan: get people from the town to pick it up and move it. Ostry’s son welded a steel grid support structure for the building that allowed each of the 344 volunteers to carry just 55 pounds of the building’s weight. They all worked together to move the barn to its new location as news crews and 4000 spectators watched. That says a lot about the kind of community that lived in Bruno at the time. Everyone came out to support Ostry and help him make his home better. The spectacle of it all was just a bonus.

Did you know about all of these very weird things that happened in Nebraska? What other unusual, remarkable, or bizarre events do you know about? Share your stories in the comments.

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Where can I learn more about Nebraska’s history?

  • Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln
  • The Durham Museum
  • Pioneer Village
  • Hastings Museum
  • Clarkson Historical Museum
  • Museum of American Speed
  • Chimney Rock Museum
  • Museum of the Fur Trade
  • Neligh Mills Historic Site
  • Great Plains Black History Museum
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