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More Ideas: Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
Located in Antelope County in northeastern Nebraska, Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park is operated by the University of Nebraska State Museum and preserves the site of a rare lagerstätten fossilization event that resulted from the Bruneau-Jarbidge eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano caldera. The Bruneau-Jarbidge volcanic eruption occurred approximately 12 million years ago during the late Miocene era, in what is now present-day southwest Idaho.
An eruption that occurred as part of the Yellowstone supervolcano caldera, the Bruneau-Jarbidge event produced significant ashfall that traveled nearly 1,000 miles west of the eruption site, reaching what is now present-day Nebraska. Up to two feet of powdered glass ash fell on the savannah grasslands of northeastern Nebraska, including a watering hole area that attracted Teleoceras, an early relative of the modern-day rhinoceros. Though most animals located near the watering hole area survived the eruption’s initial ashfall, continued grazing on crops near the site caused an accumulation of glass powder within their bodies over the course of the next several weeks, causing mass die-offs within five weeks of the event. As the bodies of the animals were soon covered by ash drift, many of the skeletons were preserved in their original positions and conditions to the present day, with traces of final meals preserved within the animals’ stomachs.
In 1971, the discovery of a juvenile rhinoceros skeleton in an eroding cornfield in northern Nebraska by University of Nebraska State Museum scientist Michael Voorhies prompted further investigation of the ashfall site. The site was purchased by the state of Nebraska in 1987, and upon further excavation revealing its contents, was preserved as Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in 1991. In 2006, the Ashfall Fossil Beds site was designated as a National Natural Landmark, and continued excavation of the site by University of Nebraska State Museum paleontologists continues today.
Permanent Exhibits and Attractions
Today, the Ashfall Fossil Beds site is owned and operated by the University of Nebraska State Museum and is open to the public for tours and observation. 17 species of vertebrate animals are preserved at the site, including 12 mammal species. In addition to Teleoceras fossils, which have been found in such a high concentration that the site has earned the nickname the “Rhino Barn,” several prehistoric horse species have been uncovered, including Protohippus, Pliohippus, and Neohipparion fossils. Other species unearthed at the site include Longirostromeryx saber-toothed deer, several genera of camelids and canids, and species of crowned cranes, miocene hawks, and pond turtles. In all, more than 200 fossil skeletons from the Clarendonian Land Mammal Age have been uncovered so far by paleontologists.
Due to the unique ashfall conditions at the site, which included the development of erosion-resistant sandstone serving as a caprock above the ash layer, the site is classed as a rare lagerstätten fossil site, preserving bones of animals such as birds and turtles that would not have survived ordinary fossilization conditions. Though some fossil remains bear the mark of predator bites, indicating scavenging at the time of the event, no predator remains have been found within the site. Clues to the region’s climate and ecological condition have also been unearthed, including indicators that the site was home to a much warmer climate than its current condition at the time of the event.
A Visitor Center at the Ashfall Fossil Beds site features interpretive displays chronicling the eruption event, the fossilized species, and the site’s history of excavation. Visitors may also observe the site’s excavation areas and working fossil preparation laboratory at the Hubbard Rhino Barn, where visitors are encouraged to ask questions and discuss current excavation progress with onsite paleontologists and interpretive staff. Specially constructed walkways offer a close-up view of current work at the site, although any personal collection of fossils and specimens is prohibited.
The Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park excavation site is located on a 360-acre plot of rangeland within the Verdigre Creek Valley. Excavation and visitor facilities are open to the public between May and October and require a valid Nebraska Park Entry Permit for entrance. Nature trails within the site’s surrounding land are available, offering opportunities for interpretation of the area’s geological and biological features. Picnicking on the park site is permitted, and camping is available at the nearby Grove Lake Wildlife Management Area. All park facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Ongoing Programs and Education
Guided tours for school groups and organizations are offered between April and October, with all tours requiring advance reservations. Guided group tours last approximately one hour and include an orientation with a tour leader and a full description of the contents and current condition of the fossil beds. Maximum tour group size is 45 participants, although special accommodations for multiple tour packages are available for larger groups.
86930 517th Ave, Royal, NE 68773, Phone: 402-893-2000
More Ideas: Delta Hotels by Marriott South Sioux City Riverfront
Resting on the banks of the Missouri River with beautiful views of Downtown Sioux City in Nebraska, Delta Hotels by Marriott South Sioux City Riverfront offers an exceptional and luxurious getaway. The riverfront hotel features well-appointed and stylishly decorated guest rooms and suites with contemporary décor, and en-suite bathrooms, several dining options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and modern amenities and guest services.
Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a whirlpool, and outdoor swimming pool overlooking the river with a sun deck, loungers, and umbrellas, as well as spaces for events and functions such as weddings, receptions, and corporate functions. Located just minutes from downtown Sioux City, the deluxe hotel is ideally situated for enjoying all that Sioux City has to offer from shopping and dining out to entertainment and recreational activities, such as the Hard Rock Casino, watching a Sioux City Musketeers game at the Tyson Events Center or visiting Siouxland with the family.
The South Sioux City Riverfront features well-appointed and stylishly decorated guest rooms and suites, ranging from Standard Queen and King Rooms to Standard Suites, Junior Suites, Executive Suites and the ultra-luxurious Presidential Suite. Guest rooms and suites vary in size and layout and offer a selection of views including poolside and river vistas, and some have private balconies or patios.
All accommodations feature luxury queen or king-size pillowtop beds with high-quality linens and comforters and hypoallergenic pillows, and en-suite bathrooms with single or double vanities, large makeup mirrors walk-in showers and soaking tubs or shower/bath combinations, fresh towels, and designer bath products. Some rooms and suite have spacious sitting areas with armchairs and sofas, work desks and chairs, kitchenettes with mini-fridges, and rollaway beds for additional guests.
All accommodations feature modern, in-room amenities such as air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions with cable channels, DVD players, CD players, stereo systems, radio/alarm clocks, telephones with voicemail services, in-room safes, and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet.
The South Sioux City Riverfront offers several dining options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a few restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. A hearty hot and cold buffet is served every morning in the breakfast room/dining room and offers a variety of options from continental and full American breakfasts to Grab-n-Go brunches.
Kahill's Steak-Fish & Chophouse is the hotel’s on-site restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves a menu of casual, American fare such as prime steaks, fresh seafood, and freshly prepared salads in a relaxed and family-friendly environment. Other dining options nearby the hotel include Minerva's (Italian), Main & Abbey (American), Crave (American), Chili's (American), Perkins (American), Famous Dave's (Bar-B-Q), and Mi Familia (Mexican).
Amenities and Recreation
Deluxe amenities and facilities at the South Sioux City Riverfront hotel include an indoor heated swimming pool, a whirlpool, and outdoor swimming pool overlooking the river with a sun deck, loungers, and umbrellas, as well as spaces for events and functions such as weddings, receptions, and corporate functions.
Weddings & Events
The South Sioux City Riverfront hotel features over 43,128 square feet of space for events and functions with ten rooms and meeting spaces, the largest of which is 1,600 square feet. The hotel’s Grand Ballroom boasts 11,000 square feet of space with high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and exquisite finishes and is ideal for elegant receptions and balls for up to 600 guests. Other rooms range from between 500 and 6,000 square feet and cater for a variety of events and functions, including celebrations, performances, receptions, business meetings and corporate gatherings. For business functions, meeting rooms are fully equipped with computers with printing, copying and faxing services, wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, post and parcel facilities, audiovisual equipment and televisions, and specialty lighting; there are AV technicians and security guards available if required.
385 East 4th Street South, Sioux City, Nebraska 68776, Phone: 402-494-4000
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More Ideas: Slattery Vintage Estate
Located halfway between Lincoln and Omaha, Slattery Vintage Estate features beautiful vineyards, a modern tasting room offering a variety of Nebraska wines from local wineries in the area, an outdoor kitchen offering wood-fired pizza and a gift shop selling creations from local artisans. The Estate also offers gourmet camping at its finest with four comfortable furnished tents that are available to rent between May and November. Located about 30 miles east of Lincoln, Slattery Vintage Estate is just a few miles west of the town of Nehawka and five miles east of Weeping Water.
Slattery Vintage Estate offers comfortable accommodations in the form of four furnished luxury tents which are available to rent between May and November. Furnished with antiques, these spacious tents feature private decks with porches overlooking the surrounding estate vineyards, full double beds with soft bedding, tables and chairs, dressers with mirrors, and plush rugs. Tents are fully equipped with electricity and have lamps, lanterns, heaters, and fans for added comfort and extras that can be added on request include hot breakfast, foil dinners for the campfires, cheese and wine and beer buckets.
Slattery Vintage Estate has an outdoor kitchen that makes and serves wood-fired pizza.
Slattery Vintage Estate is home to acres of beautiful vineyards, which can be explored on scenic walks around the property. The Estate also has a modern tasting room offering a variety of Nebraska wines from local wineries in the area, an outdoor kitchen offering wood-fired pizza and a gift shop selling creations from local artisans.
Slattery Vintage Estate has a new banquet hall which can be used for both indoor and outdoor functions, events and special celebrations. In addition to beautiful venues, the Estate also offers customized on-site catering with delicious, country-style cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
The town of Nehawka is located just a couple of miles away and has a bank, post office, gas station and a bar, while Weeping Water is about six miles to the west and offers a grocery store, coffee house, gas stations, post office, and several churches.
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8925 Adams Street, Nehawka, NE, Phone: 402-267-5267