Origin of Name From
the Oto Indian word "nebrathka", meaning
"flat water", the name they gave to the Platte
River..Area (rank) 77,358 sq mi (16th). Population
(rank) 1,868,516 (37th). Capital Lincoln. Admitted
to Union (rank) March 1, 1867 (37th).
Symbols of Nebraska
Dates in Nebraska
1682 La Salle claimed present-day Nebraska for
France. ~1823 The first permanent settlement in
Nebraska was established at Bellevue. March 1, 1837
Nebraska was admitted as the 37th state.
was established on the south bank of the Platte River
south of present-day Kearney in 1848 to protect pioneers
on the Oregon Trail. Abandoned in 1871, the site is now
part of Fort Kearny State Historical Park.