Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska and the state’s second largest city. Lincoln was founded in 1856 as the village of Lancaster. Omaha had been the capital of the territory and when it was decided to move the capital to Lancaster, Omaha tried to block that move by renaming Lancaster as Lincoln. Much of the southern part of the state was sympathetic towards the Confederate cause and it was assumed that the legislature would not move there if the future capital were named after Lincoln. It didn’t work. Lincoln became the capital in 1867. Now, there is a long-standing friendly rivalry with Omaha.
Dwarfing the rest of downtown, the central tower of the 1932 Nebraska state capitol, rises 400ft. City law allows for no other building to be higher. The building is open to the public and there are guided tours. Inside one will find magnificent murals and other art work along with exhibits of historic interest. In fact, Lincoln has many attractions such as Pioneers Park with 500 acres, including bridle, bike, and walking trails, ponds, picnic areas, ball diamonds, and an outdoor amphitheater, Hyde Observatory and the Folsom Children’s Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
Dining in Lincoln can be an adventure of discovery. Not only will one find a standard menu of Midwestern classics, over the last few decades, Lincoln’s population has become much more varied and now one can find cuisines from all over the world. You may have to look a little bit, but they are there. Shopping is about the same as any other midsize American city with most of the major national chains along with a goodly number of Western attire shops with some of the best selection in the country.
Lincoln is one of those cities that manage to maintain a small town friendliness and charm in spite of its fairly large size.
Lincoln’s coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 11.5° Fahrenheit. In July, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 89.6°F.
Lincoln is considered a safe city. Normal precautions apply.
Lincoln is served by Lincoln Airport. Public transportation is bus and taxi. The Lincoln Airport is also among the emergency landing sites for the NASA Space Shuttle.
Lincoln population is 251,624 (2000).
1 is the international calling code for the United States.
402 is the area code for Lincoln.
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