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The Cold Hard Facts

State Abbreviation - NE
State Capital - Lincoln
Largest City - Omaha
Area - 77,358 square miles [Nebraska is the 16th biggest state in the USA]
Population - 1,711,263 (as of 2000) [Nebraska is the 38th most populated state in the USA]
Name for Residents - Nebraskans
Major Industries - farming (corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum), grain processing, meat-packing the Air Force Strategic Air Command
Major Rivers - Missouri River, Niobrara River, Platte River, Republican River
Major Lakes - Lewis and Clark Lake, Harlan County Lake, Lake C.W. McConaughty
Highest Point - Panorama Point - 5,426 feet (1,654 m) above sea level
Number of Counties - 93
Bordering States - Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Wyoming
Origin of the Name Nebraska - The name Nebraska is from an Oto Indian word that means "flat water" (referring to the Platte River, which means "flat river" in French)
State Nickname - Cornhusker State, The Tree Planters' State(Due to Nebraska being the founder of Arbor Day)
State Motto - "Equality before the law"
State Song - Beautiful Nebraska 
State Bird - Western Meadowlark
State Mammal - White-tailed Deer
State Fish - Channel Catfish
State Fossil - Mammoth
State Insect - Honeybee
State Flower - Goldenrod
State Tree - Cottonwood
State Gemstone - Blue Chalcedony
State Soil - Holdrege
State Beverage - Milk
State Soft Drink - Kool-Aid
State River - Platte River
State Dance - Square Dance

Distinguished Sights to See

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is one of the most well-known land features in Nebraska. It was used as a guide for settlers on the Oregon Trail, and sadly was used as target practice by the U.S. Army, thereby greatly damaging its magnificent peak.

Scotts Bluff

Scotts bluff is another distinguished area in the sand hills. It got its name from a trapper name Hiram Scott who died there in 1828.

The Henry Doorly Zoo

The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha is home to the world's largest desert, and rain forest zoo habitats in the world. The zoo is one of the most celebrated in the U.S. with its large collection of foreign and native animals on display.

Strategic Air and Space Museum

The Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska. This Museum celebrates the advances in aerospace and aviation over the course of the United States' history. On display are rockets, airplanes, jets and much more.