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5 Facts about Nebraska's Capital: How Well Do You Know Lincoln?

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 03:01 AM

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska, is the capital of the state and also its second largest city. There are more interesting facts about Lincoln than just how many consecutive Husker football games have sold out. Lincoln has a rich historical, political, and cultural landscape that most people don't realize is there.

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1. Lincoln wasn't the original capital.

Lincoln has been fighting Omaha for top spot in the state since before Nebraska was even a state. Omaha was the Nebraska Territory's capital since 1854. Large salt flats and basins in Lancaster County led to the founding of the city. Founders expected that the salt mining industry would make the community incredibly wealthy. “There is no question of the vast wealth that will some day be derived from this region,” said original city civil engineer Augustus Harvey, quoted by the Nebraska State Historical Society. The state government moved there in 1868 as a compromise between “North Platters” and “South Platters” who wanted the capital in Omaha or the southern part of the state.

2. Lincoln wasn't originally Lincoln, and almost wasn't.

One of the other first facts about Lincoln is that Lincoln wasn't always Lincoln. It was originally named Lancaster, after the salt mine owner's hometown in Pennsylvania. The state legislature briefly considered naming the city “Capital City,” according to city-data.com. The legislature authorized the city's renaming after President Abraham Lincoln despite the southern part of the state's sympathy for the South during the Civil War.

3. Memorial Stadium becomes third largest city during football games.

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After a recent expansion that increased sell-out capacity to almost 92,000, according to Sports Illustrated, the University of Nebraska's football stadium would be the third largest city in the state. Over one-third of Lincoln's residents can fit in the stadium during home games.

4. Charles Lindbergh learned to fly here.

Charles Lindbergh dropped out of University of Wisconsin to come to the Nebraska Aircraft Corporation flying school in Lincoln in 1922. He flew for the first time in the school's only trainer airplane. He worked in the area as an airplane mechanic and even went barnstorming as a wing walker and parachute jumper, according to the Lindbergh Foundation.

5. Lincoln is home to some unique museums.

The National Museum of Roller Skating, the Museum of American Speed, and the Larsen Tractor Museum are just some of the interesting and unique museums and institutions in Lincoln. If you're interested in telephones, the Woods Telephone Pioneer Museum is also in the city. Lincoln claims to be the birthplace of the 911 system, a claim disputed by other emergency services around the country.

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