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A State Profile of Nebraska

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Nebraska – The Cornhusker State

From the beginning, Nebraska has been a place of wonder and hope. In 1862, President Lincoln’s Homestead Act brought thousands of people to the Great Plains of Nebraska with the promise of 160 acres of free land on which they built houses of sod while dreaming their dreams. And in Nebraska, many of those dreams are born into life.

Arbor Day began on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska with the planting of one million trees. Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings, Nebraska in 1927 by a man named Edwin Perkins. And Lewis and Clark started their big adventure – the Corps of Discovery – on the Missouri River on the eastern side of Nebraska.

Thousands more hopeful dreamers traveled through Nebraska in covered wagons heading toward California, Utah, and other destinations in the west, and they knew just where they were when they saw the distinctive view of Chimney Rock.

Nowadays, you can dream while floating along the Niobrara River and be filled with wonder while feasting your eyes on breathtaking scenery. Or plan for your own hopeful future while working on your tan on the white sand beaches of Lake McConaughy. Or head off to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln to get the degree you’ve been dreaming of.

On the Great Plains of Nebraska, the Cornhusker State, there is always room for new dreams.

Nebraska State Facts

The Nebraska State Seal

Capital City: Lincoln
State Population: 1.929 million (2018)
State Flower: Goldenrod

A beautiful goldenrod caught in the breeze

State Tree: Eastern Cottonwood

An Eastern Cottonwood tree against a blue sky

State Nickname: The Cornhusker State

1969 Cornhusker State License Plate

State Motto: Equality before the law
State Song: “Beautiful Nebraska”

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

A Western Meadowlark singing in the grass

State Animal: White-tailed deer

A white-tailed deer

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