Grand Island, city (1990 pop. 39,386), seat of Hall co., S Nebr., on the Wood River near its junction with the Platte; settled 1857 on the Platte by Germans, moved 1866 to its location on the Union Pacific RR, inc. c.1872. The city is a railroad hub and a market and shipping center for an irrigated livestock, grain, corn, and dairy region. There is meatpacking, and manufactures include plastics, agricultural and transportation equipment, irrigation systems, building materials, and hides. A state veterans' home is located in Grand Island. The Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, on an island in a nearby artificial lake, was designed by Edward Durrell Stone .
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