Saturday, May 21, 2011
This is a view from the bridge, overlooking the Missouri River. The bridge you see in the background is Highway 6.
Did you know that the Missouri River, which is nicknamed "The Big Muddy", is the longest river in the United States? It begins in Three Forks, Montana and stretches all the way down to St. Louis, Missouri, 2,341 miles away, where it meets up with the Mississippi River. Its watershed covers one-sixth of the United States, encompassing 530,000 square miles of land.
info courtesy sign near the river
We saw this cute sculpture of a whale while on the bridge.
Here is the bridge from afar. You can really appreciate the size of it in this photo.
Right near where I took the above photo stood this huge sculpture entitled, "Labor". According to a nearby sign, "This monument is a salute to the dedication and hard work of all those who built the grand city of Omaha. It is a tribute to the men and women who worked for and continue to forge a better life for themselves, their families, and their community. The monument is a reminder of what men and women of all walks of life can accomplish by working together. Their commitment will never be forgotten."
The five bronze figures are 8 feet tall and each weigh 800 pounds. The three large ladles weigh 6,000 pounds each while the one at the top weighs 4,000 pounds. Out of the 5 statues, 3 were supposed to be women. I tried my darnedest to figure out which were women and I came up short.
It's possible the one in the sunlight (background) is a woman!
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