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Boys Town

The Shrine Photo, Omaha, Nebraska

Located on Dodge St about 7 miles outside downtown, Omaha Boys Town (now Boys and Girls Town) has been helping troubled children since it was founded by Father Flanagan in 1917. Tours are offered from the visitors center.

Unfortunately we arrived too late for a tour but with a little luck and much persistence we were able to find Father Flanagan's grave and enter the Shrine. This is a beautiful campus and just driving through makes you appreciate the work and dedication that went into making it a reality. We need to thank Spencer Tracy for making Father Flanagan and Boys Town household words. The famous statue "He's not heavy, he's my Brother" is the first thing that greets you as you enter the campus and the last thing you see when you leave.

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