Introduction to Grand Island, Nebraska
Grand Island History
Grand Island was known as La Grand Isle by French traders. It is the largest inland island in the world. In 1857, 35 German settlers reached this area. However, the first settlement was destroyed in 1859. The city was then incorporated in 1872. Construction of the Union Pacific Railroad reached Grand Island by 1886. In 1890, sugar beets were introduced in Nebraska as a crop. The sugar beet processing factory in the southwest part of the community was the first such factory in the USA.
Grand Island and nearby Attractions
- Saint Paul Historical Village
- Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball
- Edgerton Explorit Center
- Morman Island State Recreation Area
- Fort Kearny State Historical Park
- Children’s Museum of Central Nebraska
Things To Do In Grand Island
Grand Island has two lakes, which are L E Ray Lake and Pier Lake. The Calvary Baptist Church, Resurrection Catholic Church, Christian Lutheran Church and the Immanuel Baptist Church are the local churches. One can also visit parks like Abbot Park, Augustine Park, the Grand Island Heritage Zoo and Ashley Park while in Grand Island.
Grand Island Transportation
Flights are available from Kansas City International Airport.
Grand Island Higher Education
Central Community College, Northeast Community College, Southeast Community College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha are the local centers of higher education.