CHICAGO — A Nebraska museum celebrating American pioneer history that supporters hoped would be among the plains states’ top tourist destinations defaulted this month on $20 million of capital appreciation bonds, the latest in a series of defaults on $60 million of debt that the museum has never generated enough money to service.

The latest default has left bondholders with little recourse but to wait and see if the museum’s fiscal position improves, as the assets backing the bonds are essentially worthless.

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