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Moving to Nebraska
Picture in your mind the peaceful serenity of wide open spaces, and cities with world class culture, and you have Nebraska. Nebraska is a Great Plains State, part of the large, mostly flat, grassland prairie in the center of the continent. Ranching is a way of life with many ranches sprawling over 100,000 acres each. The state song is "Beautiful Nebraska," and nature’s beauty is everywhere you look. The Niobrara River is one of the country’s top canoeing rivers with over 90 waterfalls. The country mouse and the city mouse will both love Nebraska. For the city dweller, Omaha boasts sports, symphony, dining and shopping.
Nebraska became the 37th state on March 1st, 1867. With an area of 77,358 square miles, Nebraska is the 16th biggest state in the USA. Its population of 1.7 million (as of 2000) makes it the 38th most populous state. Major industries are farming (corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum), grain processing, and meat-packing. More varieties of grass grow in Nebraska than in any other state. Nebraska is a land of variety that you will love to call home.
Now that you are moving to Nebraska, impress your friends and family with this Nebraska knowledge:
State Capital is Lincoln.
Largest City is Omaha.
Former President Gerald Ford, Marlon Brando, Malcolm X, and Fred Astaire were all born in Omaha.
Buffalo Bill Cody started his famous Wild West Show near his ranch in North Platte with the first rodeo held on July 4, 1882.
Nebraska averages 39 tornadoes a year; there were 102 tornadoes in 1999.
State Flower is the Goldenrod.
Arbor Day started in Nebraska City in 1872 by Sterling Morton to encourage tree planting.
State nickname used to be the "Tree Planter's State," but was changed in 1945 to the "Cornhusker State."
Kool-Aid was invented in 1927 in Hastings by Edward Perkins. He changed his soft drink syrup, Fruit Smack, into a powder to make it easier to ship.
The State Soft Drink is Kool-Aid. (Ohhhh yeah!)
Nebraska was once called "The Great American Desert." The Sand Hills are the biggest grass-covered sand dunes in the Western Hemisphere. They cover about one-fourth of the state. Only the Sahara and the Arabian deserts have bigger areas of sand.
The 9-1-1 system of emergency communications, now used nationwide, was developed and first used in Lincoln.
State Motto: "Equality before the law."
Fort Robinson was once a World War II German P.O.W. camp and is now a state park.
Crazy Horse was killed at Fort Robinson.
Sioux, Pawnee, Cheyenne, Missouri, Omaha and Ponca Indians were some of the first people to live in the area now called Nebraska.
Nebraska is the only state in the union with a unicameral (one house) legislature.
The National Liar's Hall of Fame is located in Dannebrog.
Twice-yearly migrations of millions of cranes, ducks and geese turn the Platte River area into an amazing sight.
The Hall brothers who started Hallmark cards were from Norfolk.
Enjoy you new home - Nebraska!