U-Haul TR: Grand Island, NE
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 40° 48.960 W 096° 41.280
14T E 694990 N 4520903
Quick Description: This graphic is for Grand Island, NE.
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 10/13/2012 1:09:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMFFVG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 97

Long Description:
While we were driving through Grand Forks, BC, B suddenly points and yells - "Supergraphics". So we screech to a halt, turn around and go back for some pix. Turned out it was the U Haul dealer on the eastern edge of Grand Forks, so we got pix of quite a few. Looks like we've found a "new" one.

Though I've been in Nebraska, I've never been to Grand Island, so I'll have to rely on Wikipedia:
"Grand Island is a city in and the county seat of Hall County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 48,520 at the 2010 census.

Grand Island is home to the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center (NLETC) which is the sole agency responsible for training law enforcement officers throughout the state, as well as the home of the Southern Power District serving southern Nebraska.

Grand Island has been given the All-America City Award three times (1955, 1967, and 1981–82) by the National Civic League.

Grand Island is the principal city of the Grand Island Micropolitan Statistical Area, which consists of Hall, Merrick, and Howard counties.

In 1857, thirty-five German settlers left Davenport, Iowa, and headed west to Nebraska to start a new settlement on an island known by French traders as La Grande Isle, which was formed by the Wood River and the Platte River. The settlers reached their destination on July 4, 1857, and by September had built housing using local timber. Over the next 9 years, the settlers had to overcome many hardships, including blizzards and conflicts with Native Americans.

Surveyors from the Union Pacific Railroad laid out a town called Grand Island Station and many settlers living on Grand Island moved to the new town, located slightly inland from the island. In 1868 the railroad reached the area, bringing increased trade and business. By 1870, 1,057 people lived in the town and in 1872 the town was incorporated as Grand Island.

In about 1890, sugar beets were introduced as a crop in Nebraska. The first sugar beet processing factory in the United States was built in the southwest part of Grand Island.

On June 3, 1980, Grand Island was hit by a massive supercell storm. Through the course of the evening, the city was ravaged by seven tornadoes, the worst of which was rated F4 on the Fujita Scale. The hardest hit area of town was the South Locust business district. There were five deaths as a result of the tornadoes.

Tornado Hill is a local landmark created as a direct result of the tornadoes. Debris that could not be recycled was burnt near Fonner Park and buried within Ryder Park, on the west end of town. The base of the hill was a hole 6–8 feet deep and nearly 200 feet across, and the hill is 40 feet high. It is used for sledding in this naturally flat area.

A book, Night of the Twisters, by Ivy Ruckman, and movie were based on this event."

Default Image and any additional cited content and/or images from the U-Haul SuperGraphics website are used with permission from U-Haul International
Website URL: [Web Link]

I used the coordinates of the capital city: yes

Images used as per the requirements: no

Modern, Classic or Trailer: Trailer

Coordinates of Featured Scene: N 49° 01.557 W 118° 25.441

Footnote Added: yes

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