Nebraska the 37th State Brought into The Union
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Nebraska the 37th State Brought into The Union

Nebraska is the cornhusker state for good reason. Arbor day originated in Nebraska.

Nebraska was the 37th state inducted into the Union on March 1, 1867 and the capital was moved from Omaha to Lancaster and it was later renamed Lincoln after slain President Abe Lincoln. It’s name comes from the Omaha word Ni Bthaaska, meaning flat water after the Platte River. It is a state that is pure prairie land, perfect for cattle grazing, that is located on the Great Plains of the Midwest. Nebraska is the leading farming and ranching state.

Geographically Nebraska is bordered by South Dakota on the north, Iowa to the east, Missouri to the southeast, across the Missouri river is Kansas to the south, Colorado to the southwest and Wyoming to the west. It has 3 large rivers that run across the state, the Platte, the Niobrara and the Republican rivers. Nebraska is lovated in Tornado Alley and it’s eastern half is humid while it’s western half is semi-arid. It has hot summers and cold winters. Three major cities in Nebraska are Omaha, Lincoln and North Platte.

Prehistoric people inhabited Nebraska as early as 8,000 B.C. Several Native American tribes are indigenous to Nebraska, these include, the Omaha, Missouria, Ponca, Pawnee, Otoe, Sioux, Ogala, Arapaho and Comanche. In 1541 the Spanish explorer Coronado passed through Nebraska and was the first European to see it. Nebraska was bought from France in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and in 1804 Lewis and Clark visited the Nebraska side of the Missouri River.

After the California Gold Rush in 1848 people began to settle in Nebraska. On May 30, 1854 the Kansas-Nebraska act was created making both territories. The Nebraska territory included parts of Colorado, North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. In the 1860’s more settlers came to claim the free land offered by the federal government and many farmers made their first homes out of sod because wood was not readily available. By 1885 all the bison had been killed off due to reckless over hunting. In the 1930’s Nebraska was caught in the Dust Bowl.

Arbor Day began in Nebraska for obvious reasons of the importance of planting trees. The NAACP Omaha chapter was founded in 1912 and thus began the history of civil rights activism. Some important inventions to come from Nebraska were barbed wire, windmills, the steel plow, cliff notes, the vise-grip, and the official drink of Nebraska, Kool-aid. Mutual of Omaha, the Union Pacific Railroad, Job’s Daughters and Cabela’s are all based out of Nebraska. The world’s largest train yard is the Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard in North Platte.

Some famous people to come from Nebraska are, Malcolm X, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, Dick Cavett, James Coburn, Henry Fonda, Nick Nolte and President Gerald Ford. Nebraska’s nickname is the cornhusker state. It’s bird is the Western Meadowlark. The flower is the Goldenrod. It’s Motto is “Equality before the law.” It’s tree is the Cottonwood, and its song is “Nebraska the Beautiful”

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