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Migrating sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) depart their overnight roosting area in the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska, at dawn (2015).
Migrating sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) depart their overnight roosting area in the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska, at dawn (2015).

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Nebraska (/nəˈbræskə/ ) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by South Dakota to the north; Iowa to the east and Missouri to the southeast, both across the Missouri River; Kansas to the south; Colorado to the southwest; and Wyoming to the west.

Indigenous peoples, including Omaha, Missouria, Ponca, Pawnee, Otoe, and various branches of the Lakota (Sioux) tribes, lived in the region for thousands of years before European exploration. The state is crossed by many historic trails, including that of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Nebraska is the 16th largest state by land area, with just over 77,220 square miles (200,000 km2), but with a population of over 1.9 million, it is the 37th most populous state and the 7th least densely populated. Its capital is Lincoln, and its most populous city is Omaha, which is on the Missouri River. Nebraska was admitted into the United States in 1867, two years after the end of the American Civil War. The Nebraska Legislature is unlike any other American legislature in that it is unicameral, and its members are elected without any official reference to political party affiliation. (Full article...)

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Hartington City Hall and Auditorium from the southwest, with Broadway Street to the left and Centre Street to the right

The Hartington City Hall and Auditorium, also known as the Hartington Municipal Building, is a city-owned, brick-clad, 2-story center in Hartington, Nebraska. It was designed between 1921 and 1923 in the Prairie School style by architect William L. Steele (1875–1949).

Prairie School architecture is rare, and this rural Nebraska specimen is particularly unusual for being designed and built in the 1920s, subsequent to the Prairie Style's rapid loss of popularity after 1914. (Full article...)
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Alfred D. Jones (January 13, 1814 – August 30, 1902) was a late 19th-century lawyer, surveyor and politician in the Midwestern United States. In 1846 he platted Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and in 1854 he platted Omaha, Nebraska. He became the first settler in Omaha, as well as the first postmaster, a member of the first Omaha City Council and the first Omaha School Board, and was among the first legislators of the Nebraska Territory. (Full article...)

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2014 Rank City 2016 Estimate[1] 2010 Census[2] Change County
1 Omaha 446,970 408,958 +9.29% Douglas
2 Lincoln 280,364 258,379 +8.51% Lancaster
3 Bellevue 53,505 50,137 +6.72% Sarpy
4 Grand Island 51,517 48,520 +6.18% Hall
5 Kearney 33,520 30,787 +8.88% Buffalo
6 Fremont 26,519 26,397 +0.46% Dodge
7 Hastings 24,991 24,907 +0.34% Adams
8 North Platte 24,110 24,733 −2.52% Lincoln
9 Norfolk 24,348 24,210 +0.57% Madison
10 Columbus 22,851 22,111 +3.35% Platte
11 Papillion 19,597 18,894 +3.72% Sarpy
12 La Vista 17,143 15,758 +8.79% Sarpy
13 Scottsbluff 14,883 15,039 −1.04% Scotts Bluff
14 South Sioux City 13,120 13,353 −1.74% Dakota
15 Beatrice 12,362 12,459 −0.78% Gage
See List of cities in Nebraska for a full list.


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      1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
      2. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder2. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 9 June 2015.[dead link]