The state of Nebraska is located in the Midwestern part of the United States. Its name was derived from an Otoe Indian word that means 'flat water'. The name was mainly used by the indigenous Indians to refer to the Platte River which runs directly through the middle of the state.
Before the Europeans arrived in America, Nebraska was home to the Omaha Indian tribe, the Otoe tribe, the Pawnee and Ponca tribes many of which maintain a strong presence in the state. The Indians lived near the state’s many rivers which contributed to the amalgamation of the varied cultures of indigenous people.
Nebraska was admitted to the Union in March of 1867, approximately two years after the American Civil War ended slavery. The state’s founders named the new capital city Lincoln after President Abraham Lincoln. With a population of more than 258,000 people, Lincoln is the second largest city in the state and it is home to the University of Nebraska.
Although the state has three rivers that run its length, it is a landlocked state divided into ninety-three counties. The Platte river, the Niobrara, and the Republican river all run through the state and provide life giving water and a commercial corridor the state depends on for a large part of its gross domestic product.
An interesting fact about Nebraska is that it is divided into two time zones. The western half of the state is situated in the Mountain Time Zone and the eastern half is situated in the Central Time Zone. Almost every city in the state has a place of interest for tourists which makes tourism one of the state’s main industries. Tourists by the thousands flock to places such as the Durham Museum, the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, the Grant County Museum and Frank House in Kearney. The Union Pacific Bailey Railroad Yard also attracts railroad enthusiasts from every part of the world.
Arbor Day is an official state holiday. It was inspired by the native’s zeal to plant trees and to nurture the environment. Mr. J. Starling Morton, one of Nebraska's earliest and most renowned citizens pushed for legislation to make Arbor Day a legal state holiday.
Nebraska is blessed with a wide range of natural beauties. The state offers vast prairies, beautiful majestic bluffs and buttes as well as thousands of acres of grass-covered sand dunes. To travel the state, tourists use one of nine scenic and historic byways some of which have been labeled historical areas and are protected by the state.
In Nebraska - you could be attending anyone of a number of great events throughout
the year - Nebraskaland Days, Kool-Aid Festival, Nebraska's Junk Jaunt, and many
other fun and exciting events, fairs, festivals, and parades. Nebraska takes extreme
pride and care in delivering quality events across the state. Grab a Kool-Aid, kick
back and enjoy! See More!
Nebraska Means - Events - Refreshing & Entertaining!
Nebraska has a host of scenic byways which will make your adventure to this state
- much more complete. Jump on your motorcycle, load your family up in the car or
get on your bicycle to get the best of what Nebraska has to offer. Make plans to
recapture the thrill of the road trip. Cruising Nebraska’s highways and scenic byways,
you’ll encounter countless natural wonders, exhilarating outdoor adventures, and
worthwhile attractions. It’s all just down the road. Travel the Nebraska Scenic
Nebraska’s Scenic Byways - to complete your adventure!
How much do you know about the great Midwestern city of Omaha, Nebraska? Omaha is
in the center of the United States and the heart of the Midwest - merging the best
in Midwestern hospitality with the energy of a city on the move. In Omaha, you can
explore and imagine, step into history, experience art in a whole new way and get
a natural high.
The Strategic Air & Space Museum, located between Lincoln and Omaha near Interstate
80, utilizes over 300,000 square feet of exhibit, education, and event space to educate,
inspire, and entertain its guests who come from Nebraska, across the country, and
around the world. The museum first opened in 1959 with the mission to commemorate
the aircraft of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). The museum became well-known by
giving the public the opportunity to visit an impressive array of aircraft that helped
SAC preserve the peace during the Cold War. See more!