( The Cornhusker State )
Nebraska gets its name from an Indian word meaning "flat water" after the Platte River that flows through the state. It became the 37th state in 1867. Nebraska, once considered part of the American desert, is now a leading farming state. Nebraskans have practiced scientific farming to turn the Nebraska desert into a land of ranches and farms. Much of the history of the state is the story of the tough, strong-willed Nebraska farmer. In the 1860s, the first great wave of homesteaders poured into Nebraska to claim free land granted by the federal government. Many of the first farm settlers built their homes out of sod because they found so few trees on the grassy land. Tourists can now drive along highways that follow the historic Oregon and Mormon trails. Almost every county has a fair during the summer and many communities hold annual fall festivals.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Nebraska include:
The Flag of Nebraska|
Entered the Union in 1867 as the 37th State; flag adopted in 1925. Included in the State seal are the Rocky Mountains, the Missouri River, wheat and corn, a steamboat, a train, and a blacksmith with his hammer and anvil.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Omaha, 390,007; Lincoln, 225,581; Bellevue, 44,382; Grand Island, 42,940; Kearney, 27,431; Fremont, 25,174; Hastings, 24,064; North Platte, 23,878; Norfolk, 23,516; Columbus, 20,971
Business and Trade in Nebraska
Agriculture: Cattle, corn, hogs, soybeans, wheat, sorghum.
Industries: Food processing, machinery, electric equipment, printing and publishing.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Western Meadowlark
- Flower: Goldenrod (solidago)
- Tree: Eastern Cottonwood (populus deltoides)
- Song(s): Beautiful Nebraska
- Motto: Equality Before the Law
1,711,263 (22.3 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 15th Largest
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College & University
Border States: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wyoming
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Housing: In Nebraska, there are 722,668 housing units, averaging to 9.4 per sq mile.