Nebraska was the 37th state admitted to the Union on March 1, 1867. It is the Great Plains state that a famous author, Willa Cather, wrote about – one of her books even won a Pulitzer Prize. Much of the land was given to homesteaders per the Homestead Act of 1852. The US government gave people title to lots of 160 acres of land if they lived and worked the land for 5 years. It brought lots of people to this windy state.
Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins in this state. Father Flanagan founded Boys Town in 1921. It started as a orphanage for boys, but now is a whole town for boys and girls who are in trouble. They can come here for school, work, play and just a chance to get away from home when things get rough for them. Buffalo Bill Cosy’s Wild West show began in Nebraska. He was a Civil War solider who shot a lot of buffalo and gave the meat to railroad workers.
Bird: Western Meadowlark
Nickname: Cornhusker State