Nebraska - 77,358 square miles, 37th state to enter the union in 1867.
State Motto: "Equality Before the Law".
State Flower: Goldenrod.
Nebraska was named from the Oto Indian word,"Nebrathka", meaning "flat water", which was the tribe name for the Platte River that crosses the entire state.
First residents of the state were Native Americans from tribes of the Omaha, Ponca, Oto, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Pawnee, and various branches of the Sioux tribe, including the Oglala, Brule, Yankton, Lakota, and Santee.
Nebraska's climate is varied and usually differs from east and west, especially in humidity, temperature, and precipitation. The terrain is mostly flat along the Platte River valley. Going north or south, one will find rolling hills and beautiful scenery.
Industries include tourism, agriculture, food processing, fertilizer, and oil and natural gas fields. The cities of Omaha and Lincoln are home to major insurance and telecommunication businesses. Sidney is home to Cabela's, seller of outdoor gear.
Outdoor recreation includes bicycling, bird watching, canoeing, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and water sports.
The University of Nebraska Lincoln campus is home to the "Go Big Red" Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. Memorial stadium, the Husker home field, becomes the third-largest city in the state on football Saturdays. Campuses are located in Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney, with the Medical Center being located in Omaha. The are many Agricultural Learning Centers across the state.
An old saying states that Nebraska has more water and sand than most states, they just aren't together! Nebraska is one of 8 states that sits atop the Ogallala Aquifer.
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