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Nebraska has a long and proud history. Nebraska gets its name from an Indian word meaning "flat water" after the Platte River that flows through our state. The Nebraska Territory was formed in 1854 at the same time as the Kansas Territory. Nebraska was admitted into the Union in 1867 as the 37th state. Its nickname, "Cornhusker State," refers to the way that corn (a leading product of the state) was commonly harvested, "husking" it by hand, before the invention of husking machinery. Another nickname, the "Beef State," refers to one of Nebraska's main industries, cattle. Omaha has been a major meatpacking center since the 1880s. Although Omaha was the territorial capital, Lincoln, named in honor of the 16th president, is the state capital.
Did You Know?
- Nebraska is ranked 2nd in the nation for availability of high-speed Internet service through local telephone companies (FCC Report - 2008)
- Nebraska ranks 2nd in the alternative energy industry for both employment and number of new branches (BizMiner - 2008)
- Nebraska ranked 2nd among the "10 Best States in Terms of Lawsuit Climate" for fairness of its litigation environment (U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform - 2008)
- Nebraska is ranked 4th in the "Top 10 States for Quality of Life" (Business Facilities - 2008)
- Nebraska is ranked 5th in the "Top 20 State for Education Climate" (Business Facilities - 2008)
- Nebraska ranked 10th on the list of "Best States for Business" (Forbes - 2008)
- Nebraska is ranked 16th in the "Top 20 States wit the Most Educated Workforce" (Business Facilities - 2008)
Nebraska is proud of the sons and daughters that call this great state home. Everyone is probably knows Warren Buffet is from Nebraska, but did you know that Fred Astaire, Roscoe Pound, and Gerald Ford also hail from the Cornhusker State? More...
Nebraska Facts, Firsts, and Trivia
Ever had a Rueben sandwich? How about Spam? Ever used 911 for an emergency? All of these things have a distinct tie to Nebraska. More...
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