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Nebraska State Capitol

While you are stopped, learn about: MoPac East Trail

Lincoln, Nebraska; Lancaster County

The Nebraska State Capitol building is unlike any other capitol in the Midwest. The Capitol rising fourteen stories above the prairie.  The building is full of symbols and makes several statements. Some of these statements are permanence, pride in place and satisfaction in hard work. The Capitol was designed with Nebraskans’ vision and built of their hard work. The Sower statue that stands on top of the building represents the importance of agricultural in the state. The murals found inside the building show important symbols of Nebraska. The Capitol also highlights Nebraskans’ service in all areas of life through busts, plaques, chambers and offices.

The Capitol we know now is the third to be built on the same spot. There was a nationwide design competition in 1920 to find the designer. New York Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue won. Goodhue chose a team of sculptors, tile and mosaic designers and consultants to help complete the design. The Capitol was built in four phases over ten years form 1922-1932.









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While you are stopped, learn about: MoPac East Trail

Lincoln, NE; Lancaster County, Cass County

Take a hike! But really, though, enjoy a nice hike, bike, or horse ride on the MoPac East Trail! The MoPac East, short for (Missouri Pacific), is a 22-mile recreational trail that was once used by the Missouri Pacific Railroad. The rail line was abandoned in 1984 after a heavy rain event damaged part of the tracks. Funds were raised by the Nebraska Trails Foundation and the Great Plains Trails Network to purchase the abandoned rail line. The corridor was deeded to the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (LPSNRD) July 3rd, 1991.

Today, the LPSNRD maintains the 22-mile MoPac East trail through the communities of Walton, Eagle, Elmwood and Wabash, NE. All four communities have a trailhead. There are short connector trails from the MoPac East trail to the Eagle and Elmwood trailheads. Amenities include water, restrooms, and parking areas. MoPac East Trail users can appreciate the blend of hometown, woodland, and agricultural settings as well as all the plants and wildlife that accompany it. To the east, the trail connects with the Lincoln trail network, with over 130 miles of trails.



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