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State American Folk Dance: square dance
State Ballad: A Place Like Nebraska
State Baseball Capital: Wakefield, Nebraska
State Historic Baseball Capital: St. Paul, Nebraska
State Beverage: milk
State Bird: western meadowlark
State Fish: channel catfish
State Flower: goldenrod
State Fossil: mammoth
State Gemstone: blue chalcedony or blue agate
State Grass: little bluestem
State Insect: honeybee
State Mammal: white-tailed deer
State Nickname: Cornhusker State and Tree Planters' State
State River: Platte River
State Rock: prairie agate
State Soft Drink: Kool-Aid
State Soil: Holdredge soil series
State Song: Beautiful Nebraska
State Tree: cottonwood (originally, the state tree was the American elm)
State Village of Lights: Cody, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska — First territorial capital.
Lincoln, Nebraska — Current state capital.
Santee, Nebraska — Capital of the Santee Indian Reservation since the Santee Sioux moved here in 1868.
Winnebago, Nebraska — Capital of the Winnebago Indian Reservation.
Beautiful Nebraska; A Place Like Nebraska; Nebraska: The Cornhusker State.
Hastings, Nebraska — Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings in 1927.
Nebraska is the birthplace of the Reuben sandwich, chicken pot pie, TV dinners, McDonald's McRibs, and the world's largest hamburger.
Nebraska is the nation's chief beef producer and the largest processor of chicken eggs.
Nebraska is both the largest producer and user of center pivot irrigation.
Nebraska was the first state to begin foreign market development of wheat in
Europe and South America (1957).
Nebraska is the only state with a non-partisan unicameral, a one-house legislature.
The world's most famous tractor testing laboratory is at the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture.
The Union Pacific's Bailey Yard at North Platte is the country's largest
railroad classification yard.
The world's largest elephant fossil was found in south central Nebraska.
The greatest concentration of sandhill cranes occurs each spring when a
half-million birds from several southern states gather for six weeks in a 40
mile stretch of the Platte River before fanning out across Canada.
American Legion Post No. 3 in Lincoln is the world's largest American Legion post.
The 911 emergency system originated in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The largest gathering ever of Native Americans (more than 100,000) was in
1851 at Horse Creek near Morrill.
Nebraska was the first state to complete its segment of the interstate highway system (I-80), which covers 455 miles in the state.
The first Forest Service nursery in the nation was planted at Halsey in the
world's largest hand-planted forest (1 million trees).
The strobe light was invented by Dr. Harold Edgerton from Nebraska.
Whittier Jr. High in Lincoln was the first junior high school in the nation.
The vice-grip was invented in DeWitt, Nebraska.
Research and development of air ambulance service first began in Nebraska.
The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha has the world’s largest indoor rain forest,
swamp, desert and aquarium.
The nation's first authorized off-premise banking, with teller machines at
grocery store courtesy counters, was developed in Lincoln.
The nation’s first Native American woman doctor was Susanne LeFlesche Picotte