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NET program will feature Nelson faces


January 14, 2021

Stories out of both Nuckolls and Jefferson counties will be featured when a popular show returns to the Nebraska Educational Television Network stations later this month.

The first episode which will be shown at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, will feature a rare dinosaur fossil found in Jefferson County and the 12 faces carved in the stone of what has been known as the Stansbury Building in downtown Nelson. The building has housed a number of businesses including the Commercial Bank and the Old Bank Coffee Shop. Viewers will learn the history of the 12 faces.

The Jefferson County segment will take viewers to the eastern shores of what was known as the Western Interior Seaway and to a time when plant eating dinosaurs congregated and grazed. Twenty-two of their fossilized three-toed footprints were found in 2002 on a rocky outcrop on a farm near Fairbury.

The Western Interior Seaway is thought to have once covered much of Nebraska. It was a large inland sea that split the continent into two landmasses. The ancient tropical sea is thought to have stretched from the Gulf of Mexico through the middle of what is now the United States and Canada before meeting the Arctic ocean. At its largest, it was 2,500 feet deep, 600 miles wide and more than 2,000 miles long.


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