Trailside Museum of Natural History facts for kids
U.S. National Historic Landmark District
Trailside Museum of Natural History
|Architect||Army Corps of Engineers|
|Part of||Fort Robinson and Red Cloud Agency (ID66000442)|
|MPS||Opera House Buildings in Nebraska 1867-1917 MPS|
|NRHP reference No.||88000930|
Quick facts for kidsSignificant dates
|Added to NRHP||July 7, 1988|
|Designated NHLDCP||October 15, 1966|
The building served as a theater and gymnasium for the Fort Robinson army post. The theater hosted many types of entertainment, including boxing matches, dances, and moving pictures. The theater was exclusively used as a gym by 1917 as automobiles and movie houses became more prevalent, allowing soldiers to seek entertainment elsewhere.
The building was acquired by the University of Nebraska in 1955 which opened the Trailside Museum at Fort Robinson in 1961. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988, and is also part of the Fort Robinson and Red Cloud Agency historic district.
The most important exhibition is a pair of 14 - foot mammoth skeletons were found nearby. The beasts apparently locked tusks in mortal combat and starved to death as a result.
The museum exhibits the fossils of two mammoths which killed each other when the area was in an ice age. They were trapped due to their tusks and died.
Also in the museum there is a paleontological exhibition made by Mark Marcusson and Gregory Brownde. There are exhibits of animals that lived in Nebraska millions of years ago like the Daeodon or three-toed horse.
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