Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Nebraska
Nebraska, our 37th state, was admitted to the Union March 1, 1867. The 2000 census has Nebraska's population at 1,711,263, ranking 38th in the US. With a total area of 77,354 square miles, the state ranks 16th in size. Nebraska's capital is Lincoln; Omaha is its largest city.
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Nebraska State Bird: Western meadowlark
Nebraska State Flower: Goldenrod
Nebraska State Motto: Equality before the law
Nebraska State Song: Beautiful Nebraska
Nebraska State Tree: Cottonwood
Nickname: Cornhusker State
The geographic center of Nebraska lies in Custer County, 10 miles NW of Broken Bow. At 5,424 feet, Johnson Township Mountain, in Kimball County in the extreme SW corner, is the state's highest point. The name Nebraska derives from the Omaha or Otos Indian word meaning "broad water' or "flat river," describing the Platte River.
Brief History: Pawnee, Ponca, Omaha and Oto peoples lived in the region when the first Europeans arrived in the form of Spanish and French explorers and fur traders prior to US acquisition of the area with the 1803 Louisiana Purchase . The Lewis and Clark expedition passed through, 1804-1806. The first permanent settlement was established near Bellevue, near Omaha, in 1823. Settlement increased throughout the 19th century. Many Civil War veterans settled Nebraska under free land terms of the 1862 Homestead Act; as agriculture grew, so did conflict between homesteaders and ranchers.
Nebraska is home to Agate Fossil Beds and Scotts Bluff National Monuments, the Homestead National Monument of America, and the Oglala National Grassland. Other popular Nebraska destinations include the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island; Museum of the Fur Trade, Chadron, Henry Doorly Zoo, Joslyn Art Museum, both in Omaha; Ashfall Fossil Beds, Strategic Air Command (SAC) Museum, both Ashland; Boys Town, west of Omaha; Arbor Lodge State Park, Nebraska City; Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historic Park, North Platte; Pioneer Village, Minden; Oregon Trail landmarks; Chimney Rock National Historic Site; Fort Robinson; and the Hastings Museum, Hastings.