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State Snapshot

Capital City: Lincoln

State Population: 1,826,341 (2010 census)

State Nickname: Cornhusker State

State Motto: Equality before the law.

State Insect: Honeybee

State Tree: Cottonwood

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Mammal: White-Tailed Deer

State Flower: Goldenrod

State Fossil: Mammoth

State Rock: Prairie Agate

Nebraska Originals

Plenty of well-known everyday offerings started right here, including:

• Kool-Aid

• CliffsNotes

• Vice-Grips

• Tin Roof Sundaes

• Cabela’s

• Center pivot irrigation

A number of famous folks also got their start in Nebraska:

• Comedian Larry the Cable Guy grew up on a farm near Pawnee City.

• President Gerald Ford and Malcolm X were both born in Omaha.

• Charles Lindbergh learned to fly in Lincoln.

• Fred Astaire took his first dance class in Omaha.

• Johnny Carson spent his childhood in Norfolk.

• Warren Buffett was born in Omaha and still lives there today.

Other Tidbits

Gaining statehood on March 1, 1867, Nebraska was the 37th state to enter the union.

Nebraska is the only state with a unicameral legislature.

Before becoming the Cornhuskers, UNL’s football team went by a variety of names including the Old Gold Knights, the Antelopes, the Rattlesnake Boys and the Bugeaters.

Arbor Day was started in Nebraska in 1872.

Nebraska is home to the world’s largest train yard (Bailey Railroad Yard), the world’s largest hand-planted forest (the Nebraska National Forest, Bessey Ranger District), the world’s largest Kool-Aid stand (during Hastings’ annual Kool-Aid Days) and the world’s largest indoor desert (at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo).

Cherry County, in north-central Nebraska, is larger than the entire state of Connecticut.

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