Lincoln

August 21, 2022

Today's spot is Lincoln, the capital city of Nebraska.

Lincoln grew fast starting in 1856 as the village of Lancaster and soon became the

county seat of Lancaster County in 1859. The town is on Salt Creek's east bank. And the first settlers in Lincoln were attracted by the abundance of salt.

Lincoln has a historical museum for just about anything; the International Quilt Study Center exhibits 4,500 rotating quilts. And it features a glass and brick green-certified building.

The Museum of American Speed showcases exotic engines, racing vehicles, and vintage speed equipment. While at the Sunken Gardens, the oasis in the middle of Lincoln, you can stop and stay or bring the kids for a culture tour through the Lincoln Children's Museum.

Lincoln's business community is flourishing too, and it boasts a highly educated and dynamic workforce making it very attractive to business development. And the town has a higher parkland per capita than most U.S. cities, with an extensive bike trail network, plenty of diverse employment opportunities, and a considerably low cost of living. Lincoln is growing fast into a metro area in the Midwest.

Quick Facts:

  • The U.S. Department of State declared Lincoln a refugee-friendly city in the 1970s. By 2000, it became the largest resettlement site per capita in the U.S.
  • During the late 19th Century, the state beautifully restored the Historic Haymarket District with brick streets, brick warehouses, a large water tower, and a unique clock.
  • The University of Nebraska is ranked on the top tier of national research. Its mascot is the Husker. Literally, a husker is one who husks corn.
  • The University of Nebraska often sells out its football stadium. While the official capacity is about 87,000 people, the crowds regularly reach 91,000. In fact, they have been on a sellout streak since November 3, 1962.
  • While Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska, it isn't the biggest city. That award goes to Omaha, which is about 58 miles away.
  • Several celebrities call Lincoln, NE home, including Hilary Swank, Dick Cheney, and Johnny Carson.
  • In 2018, Lincoln City had a recorded poverty rate of 13.1%.
  • Jim Carrey attends a Husker game in his movie Yes Man. After Carl and Allison meet at the airport, they decide to go to Lincoln, Nebraska. While here, they attend a Nebraska-Oklahoma game in full Husker attire.

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