Welcome to Nebraska
Nebraska is a state in the midwestern region of the United States and also a state in the Great Plains.
The Nebraska nickname is “Cornhusker State” and the state got the nickname from the University of Nebraska athletic teams. Corn is a major vegetable that is farmed in Nebraska, and the term “cornhusker” comes from how the corn is harvested. Husking corn was done by hand by early settlers.
The capital of Nebraska is Lincoln and the largest city of Nebraska is Omaha.
Nebraska is composed of two major land regions: the Great Plains and the Dissected Till Plains. The largest cities in Nebraska, Lincoln and Omaha is a part of the Dissected Till Plains region and it consist of gently rolling hills. The most western part of Nebraska is in the Great Plains region and that part is characterized by treeless prairie.
The Nebraska state has 93 counties and is split between two time zones, Central Time and Mountain Time and Nebraska is the only triply landlocked U.S. state.
89% percent of the cities in Nebraska have fewer than 3,000 people.
Nebraska has two major climatic zones and wide variations between winter and summer temperatures. The eastern half of Nebraska has a humid continental climate and the western half of Nebraska has a primarily semi-arid climate. Nebraska is located in Tornado Alley and during spring and summer violent thunderstorms and tornadoes can occur.
Nebraska has a large agriculture sector, and is a major producer of soybeans, sorghum, corn (maize) beef and pork.
Also freight transport (by rail and truck), technology, insurance, manufacturing and telecommunications are important economic sectors in Nebraska.
Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins in Hastings, Nebraska. Kool-Aid is a brand of flavored drink mix owned by Kraft Heinz.
Berkshire Hathaway, whose chief executive officer is Warren Buffett, has it’s headquarter in Omaha, Nebraska.
Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard, the world’s largest train yard is located in North Platte, Nebraska.
Lincoln’s Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing in Nebraska is the only Kawasaki plant in the world to produce the Jet Ski, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), and Mule product lines.
Chimney Rock is a prominent geological rock formation in Morrill County in western Nebraska and one of the most famous and recognizable landmarks for pioneer travelers on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails, a symbol of the great western migration. Chimney Rock also remains a visible landmark for modern travelers along U.S. Route 26 and Nebraska Highway 92. Chimney Rock is rising nearly 300 feet (91 m) above the surrounding North Platte River valley.
Tourists in Nebraska also visit the attraction Carhenge that duplicates the more familiar Stonehenge. Instead of being built with standing stones it’s formed from vintage American automobiles. It is totally 39 cars arranged in all different positions jut out of the prairie grasslands.
Quick facts about Nebraska
- Nickname: Cornhusker State
- Capital city: Lincoln
- Largest city: Omaha
- Area: 77,358 sq mi (200,356 km²) (ranked 16th of 50)
- Population: Est 1,929,268 (2018) (ranked 37 of 50)
- Highest point: Panorama Point
- Lowest point: Missouri river at Kansas border
- Latitude: 40° N to 43° N
- Longitude: 95° 19′ W to 104° 03′ W
- Bordering states: Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming