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Nebraska – the Cornhusker State

   
Interactive Map | Printables | Online Activities | Top 5 Facts | History | In Detail | People | Video
   
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Nebraska Printables

 

Nebraska Printable Blank Map

Nebraska Printable Blank Flag

Nerbaska Printable Fact Sheet

Nebraska Printable Scavenger Hunt

Missouri River States

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Nebraska Online Extras

 

Western Meadowlark

Nebraska State Bird: Western Meadowlark

 

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Nebraska State Bird: Western Meadowlark

Nebraska Jigsaw

 

Top Five Facts

 

1. ) Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings, Nebraska, in 1927.

2. ) Billionniare businessman Warren Buffett is from Omaha, Nebraska. He is sometimes called the "Wizard of Omaha."

3. ) The Omaha Zoo is home to the largest indoor rainforest in America.

4. ) Chimney Rock, in western Nebraska, was an important landmark for travelers on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails. It is honored on the back of the state’s quarter.

5. ) Nebraska’s Halsey National Forest is the world’s largest hand-planet forest

 

Nebraska in History

 
Oregon Trail
 
Settlers along the Oregon Trail
 

1682: In 1682 René-Robert Cavelier claimed the area first when he named all the territory drained by the Mississippi River and its tributaries for France, naming it the Louisiana Territory.

1803: In the year 1803, the area that is now Nebraska was bought as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

1804-1806: American explorers Lewis and Clark sail along the Missorui River on their way to the Pacific.

1824: The U.S. Government establishes Fort Atkinson to protect the region’s fur trade.

1840s: Thousands of settlers travel through Nebraska on the Oregon and Mormon Trails. Chimney Rock in western Nebraska becomes a well-known landmark.

1842: John C. Fremont and Kit Carson complete exploration of the Platte River Valley.

1854: The Kansas-Nebraska Act established boundaries between the territories of Kansas and Nebraska. Both territories were authorized to decide for themselves concerning the issue of slavery.

1854: The settlement of Omaha is founded by Iowa land speculators.

1861: Establishment of the Colorado and Dakota Territories reduces the size of the Nebraska Territory.

1867: Nebraska is admitted as the 37th state and the capital is moved from Omaha to Lincoln. The name of the Nebraska capital was changed to Lincoln by officials in Omaha because they thought it would anger the state’s slavery adovcates who wanted to move the capital from Omaha.

1867: Union-Pacific Railroad is built through the state, opening it up to mass settlement (in conjunction with the Homestead Act of 1867 which offered free land.)

1872: Arbor Day is established as an American holiday in Nebraska City.

1892: The first National Convention of the Populist Party is held in Omaha. The party was formed, in part, by associations of farmers who had been hit hard by drought and depression, and who wanted to align themselves with farmers in the south and industrial workers in the east.

1920: Kool-Aid is invented in Hastings.

 

Louisiana Purchase

Much of Nebraska became part of the United States in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Click above to learn why it is sometimes called the "greatest real estate deal in history."

   
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Lewis and Clark in Depth

This is one of the web’s most comprehensive exhibits on the Lewis and Clark expedition for kids. It contains numerous printable and interactive activities as well as a guided tour along the trail.

   

Oregon Trail | California Trail | Mormon Trail

Settlers on the Oregon, Santa Fe, and California trails traveled through Nebraska toward their destinations in the west. Learn all about the trails and the important stopping points by clicking above.

 

Nebraska in Detail

 
 
Chimney Rock
 

Omaha

Great Plains

Chimney Rock

Missouri River

Platte River

 

Nebraska is part of Tornado Alley

 
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Nebraska People

 
Sioux (Lakota) Nation Flag
 

Sioux Nation

 

Selected Nebraska Video – Chimney Rock