Happy Nebraska Day!
The recent National Nebraska Day. . .
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The Great Plains State of Nebraska:
The Beginning Years: The Plains Indians are descendants of many succeeding cultures of indigenous peoples in the great state of Nebraska, who occupied thousands of years before any settler’s arrival, and also continue to do so to this day.
More History: The Plains Indians of the Omaha, Missouria, Ponca, Pawnee, Otoe, Lakota (Sioux) and more are descendants in the great state of Nebraska, who occupied thousands of years before any settler’s arrival, and also continue to do so to this day. Nebraska’s became a territory as part of the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which was passed by the U.S. Congress on May 30, 1854. The Nebraska Territory settled primarily under the Homestead Act of 1862, during which the state of Nebraska was admitted to the union as the 37th state on March 1, 1867, two years after the American Civil War ended.
The Haven of Nebraska: Nebraska is a state triply landlocked, having a total of six states all the way around the state in the heartland of the country, Nebraska stands on the flat grounds of The Great Plains, a region that is characterized by a treeless prairie.
Climate of Nebraska: The climate of Nebraska is characterized by two major climatic zones. The eastern two-thirds of the state is in a humid continental climate with a “warm-temperate” that exists near the southern plains, similar to that in eastern to southern adjacent states. The western to southwestern portions have a wide variation between the winter and summer temperatures because of the semi-arid climate. Chinook winds tend to warm Nebraska significantly in the winter to early spring months. Average temperatures at Lincoln range in the month of January overnight at 11.5°F. In July, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 89.6°.
Ranging and Violent Weather Conditions Prominent: The state’s real fast change in climactic condition cause violent thunderstorms and tornadoes during spring and summer months, even leading into the autumn. The state was also one of the states that were subject to the Great Dust Bowl.
The Dust Bowl: The “Dust Bowl” was a dreaded phenomenon that was the largest weather disaster that was directly caused by decades of ill activity man created by lack of the proper knowledge skills to preserve a land’s environment. For decades leading up to the disaster, mankind kept using the disk plow which dug too deep into the soil of the plains and pulverized the dirt and made in featherlight. To make matters worse, mankind kept digging up the grassland to plant for aid to economic depression of both Europe and the United States, with legislation to pay farmers more than the value of the crops. The Dust Bowl also was brought on by natural effects of extended drought and unusually high temperatures. Poor agricultural practices and the resulting wind erosion all contributed to making the Dust Bowl. President Herbert Hoover then finally admitted it was a disaster when the winds blew the dust all the way to Washington D.C. U.S. Congress established the Soil Erosion Service and the Prairie States Forestry Project in 1935. The Dust Bowl effected Nebraska and other U.S. States. A great book with the subject of the Dust Bowl is listed here:
My Rating ★★★★★
See my review on the following post: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. Please see my excellent five star review on this great book!
Nebraska’s Statehood Facts:
- Date: March 1, 1867
- Capital: Lincoln
- Population: 1,966,441 (2022)
- Size: 77,220 square miles
- Nickname: Cornhusker State
- State Motto: Equality Before the Law
- Tree: Eastern Cottonwood
- Flower: Solidago Goldenrod
- Bird: Western Meadowlark
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Some Great Nebraska Sites: Here is a list of some some great places to visit while in Nebraska:
- Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquariumt, Omaha
- Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, Ashland
- Lake McConaughy, Ogallala
- Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard
- Ponca State Park, Ponca
- Harold Warp Pioneer Village, Minden
- The Durham Museum, Omaha
- Papio Fun Park, Papillion
- Niobrara National Scenic River, Springview
- Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha
- Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha
- Carhenge, Alliance
- Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, North Platte
- Scotts Bluff National Monument, Gering
- Golden Spike Tower, North Platte
- Indian Cave State Park, Shubert
- The Archway, Kearney
- Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, Royal
- Chadron State Park, Chadron
- Cowboy Trail, Valentine
- Sunken Gardens, Lincoln
- Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln
- Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln
- Pioneer Courage Parkt, Omaha
- Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, Nebraska City
- Omaha Old Market, Omaha
Memorable Nebraska Events: Here is a list of some events that happened in Nebraska:
- 1803 – Nebraska becomes part of the Louisiana Territory, purchased by the United States from France
- 1804-1824 – United States government explorers describe Nebraska as a vast wasteland (1800’s Great American Desert), resulting in a significant settlement
- 1813-1827 – Establishing of trading posts and forts near present-day Omaha
- 1823 – First settlement at Bellevue
- 1840’s-1860’s – Pioneer wagons headed west, passing through the Platte Valley down the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails.
- 1854 – The Kansas-Nebraska Act
- 1860-1861 – The Pony Express
- 1863 – The Homestead Act was passed May 20, 1862 leading to staked territories near Beatrice
- 1865-1869 – The first railroad to the Pacific Coast was begun at Omaha
- March 1,1867 – Statehood of Nebraska
- 1877 – Chief Crazy Horse and 900 warriors surrendered at Camp Robinson on May 6
- 1870’s-1890’s – The great population growth of Nebraska
- 1904 – The Kinkaid Homestead Act opened the last range land in northwestern Nebraska to settlement.
- 1927 – Invention of Kool-Aid in in Hastings
- 1930’s – The Great Depression closed many factories and mills, and many small farms were abandoned, leading many families moving to the cities
- April 1935 – A massive front darkens the entire Midwest in clouds of dust on Black Sunday.
- 1850’s-1960’s – Building of the Eisenhower Interstate System
- 1980-1982 – The Farm Crisis, where farmers took advantage of very low interest rates in late 1970’s, as grain prices plummeted leaving massive bankruptcy
- 2012 – Madcow disease strikes, leaving a mass waste of meat, leaving Nebraska in a major financial crisis
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