Nebraska . . . State 37

Nebraska's official flag was adopted in 1925. The flag has a deep blue field with the state seal in the center. The state seal shows a blacksmith hammering on an anvil, a settler's cabin, sheaths of wheat, a steamboat on a river, and the transcontinental railroad, with mountains in the background. The state motto, "Equality Before the Law," is on a banner above the landscape. The date of Nebraska's admission to the union, March 1, 1867, is listed below the seal.

Nebraska became a state on March 1, 1867 as the 37th state. The capital city is Lincoln and largest city is Omaha. Nebraska is located in the heart of American and is bordered by South Dakota on the north, Kansas on the south, the Missouri River and Iowa and Missouri on the east, and Wyoming and Colorado on the west.

Nebraska is considered a plains state and it has rich land and soil. It is known as the corn husker state and is famed for endless fields of corn, oats and wheat, huge cattle raising operations, and small towns and farms. The fertile Great Plains of central and eastern Nebraska are mostly flat, cultivated farmland. Nebraska has one of the best supplies of surface and underground water in the nation. All of its rivers and streams eventually drain into the Missouri River, flowing in an easterly and southeasterly direction.

Nebraska has a continental climate with wide seasonal variations in temperature. Nebraska enjoys warm summers, generally dry winters, moderate humidity and plenty of sunshine. Early evening thunderstorms are common in summer, especially central and east. Tornados strike the state on a regular basis as Nebraska is in America's Tornado Alley. January is the coldest month, with average high temperatures near 20 degrees. July is the warmest month, with average high temperatures near 80 degrees. Much hotter summers and harsh, cold winters are not uncommon. Annual precipitation amounts range from 20 - 30 inches in the east and central, while the west has much drier conditions.

Nebraska Agriculture: Cattle, corn, hogs, soybeans, wheat, sorghum.

Nebraska Industry: Food processing, machinery, electric equipment, printing and publishing. Other leading industries produce instruments, chemicals and drugs, machinery, and electrical equipment. Nebraska is also an important producer of irrigation equipment and farm machinery. Printing and publishing are also significant. Nebraska also produces transportation equipment, rubber and plastic goods, fabricated metals and primary metals.

Nebraska has 93 counties:
Adams Antelope Arthur Banner Blaine Boone Box Butte Boyd Brown Buffalo Burt Butler Cass Cedar Chase Cherry Cheyenne Clay Colfax Cuming Custer Dakota Dawes Dawson Deuel Dixon Dodge Douglas Dundy Fillmore Franklin Frontier Furnas Gage Garden Garfield Gosper Grant Greeley Hall Hamilton Harlan Hayes Hitchcock Holt Hooker Howard Jefferson Johnson Kearney Keith Keya Paha Kimball Knox Lancaster Lincoln Logan Loup McPherson Madison Merrick Morrill Nance Nemaha Nuckolls Otoe Pawnee Perkins Phelps Pierce Platte Polk Red Willow Richardson Rock Saline Sarpy Saunders Scotts Bluff Seward Sheridan Sherman Sioux Stanton Thayer Thomas Thurston Valley Washington Wayne Webster Wheeler York

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