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Nebraska's name comes from a Native American word meaning "flat river," which refers to the Platte River that flows through the state. Informally, though, it's known as the "Cornhusker State." In Nebraska's capital city of Lincoln, you'll find quality universities, cultural events, and many great dining spots.
You can spend a lot of time in the Historic Haymarket, the old warehouse district which has been newly restored to emphasize the great architecture and residential and commercial spots in the area.
Lincoln - and Nebraska in general - are both on the move; the population of Lincoln saw a 12.3% between 1990 and 2000. Nebraska became a state in 1867, as the 37th state in the union. Its official song is "Beautiful Nebraska," and its motto is "Equality before the Law." The state flower is the goldenrod, and the bird is the western meadowlark.
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