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( The Cornhusker State )
Nebraska Map 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: Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, Malcolm X, Henry Fonda,

The Flag of Nebraska
Nebraska state flag 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

Nebraska Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Lake Minatare State Recreation Area - Minatare
Pine Ridge National Recreation Area - Chadron
Nebraska and Samuel R. McKelvie National Forests and Buffalo Gap, Fort Pierre and Oglala National Gr - Chadron
Scotts Bluff National Monument - Gering
Virginia Smith Reservoir - Burwell
capital  Capital: Lincoln

statehood  Statehood: 1867-03-01

population  Population:
1,711,263 (22.3 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 77,353.73
    Water 481.31
    Land 76,872.41
    Rank 15th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wyoming

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Nebraska, there are 722,668 housing units, averaging to 9.4 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Memorial Stadium University of Nebraska Cornhuskers 2007
Memorial Stadium University of Nebraska Cornhuskers 2007
Photo 16" x 20"

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