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Nebraska State Facts

Population (1994): 1,623,000 (37th in size)

State size: 77,355 square miles (15th in size)

State Capital: Lincoln (named after Abraham Lincoln)

Major cities: Lincoln and Omaha

Admission to union: The 37th State

Date entered the union: March 1, 1867

Origin of state name: Named after the Indian word for the Platte River

Nicknames: The Cornhusker State

Bordering states: South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming

State bird: Western Meadowlark

State flower: Goldenrod

State tree: Cottonwood

Motto: Equality Before the Law


Geographic Landmarks

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Mitchell Pass excavated in 1850 for wagon traffic. Chimney Rock stands 475 feet above the Platte River. This Rock acted as a beacon for pioneers traveling across the country.    


Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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Primarily an agricultural state producing corn, wheat and livestock. Manufacturing includes food processing. Natural resources include oil and natural gas.  


Historical Highlights

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Initially explored by the Spanish and French fur trappers. Claimed by the British, then the Spanish. Nebraska was acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Nebraska

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