Nebraska is inspirational. Nebraska was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on March 1, 1867. Montana’s nickname is Cornhusker State. Yes, college sports fans Cornhusker is also the nickname of University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Yes, Lincoln is also the capital of Nebraska and Omaha, the state’s largest city, also has a branch of University of Nebraska. Their nickname is Mavericks.
The state of Nebraska is part of both the Great Plains and the Midwestern United States. South Dakota borders Nebraska to the north. Iowa is to the east and the Missouri River followed by Missouri is to the southeast. Kansas is to the south and Colorado is to the southwest. Wyoming borders Nebraska to the west. The east half of the state observes Central Time Zone and the west observes Mountain Time. The Platte River is one of the rivers that flow west to east across the state. It flows through the central part of the state. The east half of the state is the Dissected Till Plains of gently rolling hills. The western half is considered part of the Great Plains.
Climate divides the state into two zones as well. The eastern half has a humid continental climate. The western half has a semi-arid climate. The whole state experiences hot summers and cold winters. Precipitation and humidity decreases east to west. Snowfall is fairly consistent and Nebraska experiences many thunderstorms and is in Tornado Alley.
Indigenous people lived in Nebraska for thousands of year before European exploration and settlement. Spain and France had trade connections and wanted control of the region. France bowed out and Spain and Britain were left trying to control the region. In 1819, The United States established a fort. The California Gold Rush led to settlement in Nebraska Territory. The Homestead Act and the prospect of free land sent more settlers. This led to Nebraska becoming a state.
Prime farming land and new farming technology led to more settlements. The National Arbor Day Foundation got its start in Nebraska City. The late 19th century led migration by African Americans. Due to discrimination African Americans founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Improved conditions have been achieved and activism continues. Native American activism has needed to increase as well. Tribal schools, colleges, and universities have worked to preserve tribal cultures.
The economy continues to have a large agricultural sector. Cattle grazing led to Nebraska being a major producer of beef, pork, corn, soybeans, and sorghum. Freight transport, manufacturing, telecommunications, information technology, and insurance are major economic sectors today.
Nebraska’s state government has an executive, legislative, and judicial branch. The legislature is the country’s only unicameral legislature. One house makes up the legislature and its members call themselves senators. The senators are elected nonpartisan as well. No party affiliation is on the ballot when they are elected. A state constitutional amendment was voted in by citizens to create a unicameral legislature.
If you are a fan of Kool-Aid, Kawaski Jet-Skis, or Warren Buffet, Nebraska may inspire you. Be inspired! Have a bright day!