Facts About Nebraska

Facts About Nebraska

Nebraska is one of the 50 states that make the American union. It became a state on March 1, 1867. This state covers an area of 77,358 square miles which makes it the 16th biggest state of the nation. The capital city of Nebraska is Lincoln and its biggest city is Omaha.

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  • State Flag: Its official flag was adopted in 1925

  • State Motto: "Equality before the law"

  • State Capital: Lincoln

  • State Abbreviation: NE

  • State Name of Residents: Nebraskans

  • Date State Entered the Union: March 1, 1867

  • State Size: 77,358 square miles

  • State Song: Beautiful Nebraska

  • State American Folk Dance: Square dance

  • State Nick Name: Cornhusker State, The Tree Planters' State

  • State Tree: Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)

  • State Flower: Goldenrod (Solidago serotina)

  • State Grass: Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

  • State Mammal: White-tailed Deer

  • State Bird: Western Meadowlark(Sturnella neglecta)

  • State Fish: Channel catfish

  • State Fossil: Mammoth

  • State Insect: Honeybee (Apis mellifica)

  • State Gem Stone: Blue Chalcedony

  • State Official Rock: Prairie Agate

  • State Beverage: Milk

  • State Soft Drink: Kool-Aid

  • State Soil: Holdrege

  • State River: Platte River

  • State Major Rivers: Missouri River, Niobrara River, Platte River, Republican River

  • State Major Lakes: Lewis and Clark Lake, Harlan County Lake, Lake C.W. McConaughty

  • State Highest Point: Panorama Point - 5,426 feet (1,654 m) above sea level

  • Bordering States: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wyoming

  • State Name Origin: The name Nebraska is from an Oto Indian word that means "flat water" (referring to the Platte River, which means "flat river" in French)

  • State Largest City: Omaha

  • State Other Largest Cities:
    Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Grand Island, Kearney, Fremont, North Platte, Norfolk, Hastings, Columbus

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