Nebraska The Cornhusker State By, Kathy Keating February 17, 2004
2 Table of Contents History Land & People Symbols, Stamps & Coins Geography State Government Federal Representatives Famous People from Nebraska Resources, Agriculture & Industry Travel & Tourism Recreational Activities Sources
3 History Originally inhabited by several Native American tribes –original tribes: Pawnee, Omaha, Ponca & Oto –immigrated tribes: Lakota, Arapaho & Cheyenne Organized as a territory on May 30, 1854 Entered Union on March 1, 1867 becoming the 37 th state State constitution adopted on October 12, 1875 –extensively amended 1919-1920
4 Land & People The area of Nebraska is 76,872 sq. mi. The population was 1,578,385 in 1990 - it rose to 1,711,263 in the year 2000…. …that’s an increase of 132,878 people ! Median Age: 35.3 yrs.
5 Symbols, Stamps & Coins ? State quarter to be issued in 2006 State Bird: Meadowlark State Flower: Goldenrod ….Wagons Ho!!!
6 Geography Located in Midwest Region of the United States Surrounded by 6 states: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Wyoming Major Rivers: Missouri, Niobrara, Platte, and Republican Major Lakes: Lewis & Clark, Harlan County, and C.W. McConaughty Highest summit: Panorama Point 5,424 feet Capital city: Lincoln Largest city: Omaha Other major cities: Norfolk, Columbus SD MO KS CO WY IA Click to return to table of contents
7 State Government Has single house legislature known as the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature The State of Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns State Motto: “Equality before the law” Nebraska State’s Official Website
8 Federal Representatives Charles Hagel, (R) Ben Nelson, (D) Doug Bereuter, (R) Tom Osborne, (R) Lee Terry, (R) U.S. RepresentativesU.S. Senators 5 Electoral Votes
9 Famous People From Nebraska Vice President Dick Cheney George Wells Beadle Geneticist 1903-1989 Red Cloud Native American Rights Activist 1856-1868 Warren Buffet Investor Click to return to table of contents
10 Resources, Agriculture & Industry Natural Resources More varieties of grasses for foraging than in any other state Sand, gravel and limestone Petroleum & natural gas Agriculture Livestock –dairy cows –hog production Crops –wheat –sorghum –corn Industry Food Processing Manufacturing –car parts –phone equipment –industrial machinery
11 Travel & Tourism Tourist Destinations: Agate Fossil Beds National Monument The home of Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody) Scotts Bluff National Monument
12 Recreational Activities Swimming, fishing, boating Hiking the Oregon trail Camping Hunting Horse-racing Click to return to table of contents