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New Fort Hartsuff Website

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The Friends of Fort Hartsuff have a new website up here.  Here you can keep tabs on the Friends activities and efforts to Support the Fort.  We’ll have a full calendar of events up soon with lots of video and photos.  Hat tip to the Bakers for their efforts to get this site online and populated.  Keep it up!

EDIT:  Below are some great travel and tourism facts from our friends at Visit Nebraska (hat tip to Tom Doering):


  • Tourism is Nebraska’s third largest earner of revenue from outside the state after agriculture and manufacturing.

  • Travelers spent almost $3.6 billion in Nebraska during 2007 on trips away from home with overnight stays in paid accommodations and on day trips to places 100 miles or more away. Annual spending in Nebraska on these trips has increased by nearly $2 billion since 1990.

  • Over 41,000 jobs are attributable to travel spending in Nebraska.

  • Each dollar spent by tourists in Nebraska is respent in the state to produce an additional $1.70 in business and income, creating an overall economic impact of $2.70.

  • Nebraskans and visitors to Nebraska together made 19.4 million trips in the state in 2007 to destinations 100 miles or more away from home. For trips by visitors, the leading states of origin were, in order, Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Missouri, South Dakota, Illinois, and Minnesota.

  • The average nonresident traveling party visiting Nebraska by highway during the summer consists of 2.4 persons who stay 2.2 nights in the state and spend $439. Over a third of the nonresident traveling parties go to attractions or events, and for each attraction or event visited, they average a half-day longer in Nebraska, spending an additional $101.

  • Among the nationally recognized and/or best attended Nebraska attractions in 2007 were: Agate Fossil Beds National Monument (13,000), Arbor Day Farm (100,000), Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park (18,500), Boys Town (168,341), Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park (56,417), Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (1,150,600), Fort Robinson State Park (460,154), Great Platte River Road Archway Monument (70,000), Harlan County Lake (514,925), Hastings Museum/Lied Super Screen Theatre (66,949), Indian Cave State Park (154,600), Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo (1,335,170), Joslyn Art Museum (201,021), Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (811,600), Museum of the Fur Trade (53,245), Platte River State Park (625,003), Ponca State Park (749,250), Scotts Bluff National Monument (111,891), State Capitol (84,300—tours only), Strategic Air and Space Museum (124,129), Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer (59,882), and University of Nebraska State Museum (56,000).

  • Over 60 percent of the nonresidents visiting Nebraska during the summer stay at hotels or motels. The state has over 28,000 hotel, motel, and bed and breakfast rooms, which had an average annual occupancy rate of 60 percent in 2007 and offered the nation’s 7th lowest average room costs.



Written by Caleb

June 11, 2009 at 1:16 pm

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