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A name change and a stormy beginning marked the city that is now capital of Nebraska. Called Lancaster at the time, the village with a population of about 30 was picked as the capital instead of the much larger Omaha when Nebraska became a state in 1867. The Platte River was the deciding point. Since Lancaster was south of the Platte, it was picked by South Platte supporters. The name was changed to Lincoln in honor of the recently assassinated president. State property was moved overnight during a snowstorm from Omaha to Lincoln. Once a frontier city, Lincoln has evolved into a cultural mecca and home of the University of Nebraska. With ...

A name change and a stormy beginning marked the city that is now capital of Nebraska. Called Lancaster at the time, the village with a population of about 30 was picked as the capital instead of the much larger Omaha when Nebraska became a state in 1867. The Platte River was the deciding point. Since Lancaster was south of the Platte, it was picked by South Platte supporters. The name was changed to Lincoln in honor of the recently assassinated president. State property was moved overnight during a snowstorm from Omaha to Lincoln. Once a frontier city, Lincoln has evolved into a cultural mecca and home of the University of Nebraska. With fans clad in a sea of red, college football is king and the Cornhuskers have been playing to sell-out crowds at Memorial Stadium since 1962. On Sept. 27, 2008, a Memorial Stadium record crowd of 85,831 watched Nebraska play Virginia Tech. An excellent example of modern architecture, the Nebraska State Capitol offers a great view of the surrounding farmland. A 19-foot bronze statue on a pedestal of wheat and corn, "The Sower" stands atop the capitol as a salute to the state's agricultural heritage. Lincoln has a wealth of top-notch museums, including such unusual ones as the National Museum of Roller Skating, the Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test and Power Museum, and the Frank H. Woods Telephone Pioneer Museum.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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