The state of Nebraska designated the honeybee as the state insect in 1975. The midwest is the country’s largest producer of honey and Nebraska is home to nearly 20 different species of bees. Annually, Nebraska honey bees produce more 3.75 million pounds of honey.
Nebraska designated the western meadowlark as the official state bird in 1929. It is often seen on fence posts in grasslands and agricultural areas.
The Belt Line was born in 1885 and was a 15-mile long railroad that circumnavigated the city of Omaha. It was operated by the Missouri Pacific Railroad but was built entirely with materials from Union Pacific and carried passengers and cargo in and out of the city. The line was discontinued in the early 1960’s.