Lincoln, Nebraska

The area of Lincoln was once a low-lying salt marsh; however, it has grown to a major metropolis and is now considered a city of parks with more than one hundred standalone parks are present in the city.

Antelope Park is the largest of them all, which is where the Lincoln Children's Zoo is located. There is also the Sunken Gardens located at Antelope Park. Sunken Gardens is home to various species of plants and is a large botanical display of some of the oldest tropical plants. Over here, the most exotic plants from around the world are displayed.

Talking about parks, a trail system worthy of mention is the MoPac Trail. Most parks are connected by this trail system. People can walk, bike, and ride horses on this trail. This area was previously commissioned as a railroad corridor. Afterwords, the rails were removed and the trail was created.

Lincoln is a great place to live in. There are intriquing options in entertainment, education, affordable living and many other benefits the city offers its residents. It is also an area of history and culture.

Lincoln History

Nebraska's capital and the county seat of Lancaster County, the city of Lincoln is also where the University of Nebraska is. Formerly known as the village of Lancaster, this city was formed in 1856, and three years later became Lancaster County's county seat.

Before Lincoln was chosen as the capital, Omaha was the capital of Nebraska. Since the population concentration was to Platte River's south, an ideal candidate for the capital was Lancaster, which was a village at that time. Lancaster was named the capital because of fears of Nebraska's southern territory being annexed to the State of Kansas. After the death of Abraham Lincoln, Omaha loyalists had an idea to reinstate Omaha as the capital. They wanted to give another name to Lancaster, though it was not sure if it were Omaha itself. They were not in favor of naming the capital after Abraham Lincoln. But the plan failed, and Lancaster was indeed renamed to Lincoln.

The first influxes of Europeans to Nebraska were in areas such as Pawnee and Oto. Prior to Europeans, Native Indians resided in these areas. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, in 1541, visited Nebraska when it was chiefly a Native Indian territory. From 1700 to 1763, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado controlled these areas.

But the possession and control was not for long as the U.S. government took over Nebraska in 1803. This was when the U.S. completed the Louisiana Purchase. After the reconnaissance of Lewis and Clark of these areas, Nebraska was chosen as a potential place for residential settlements.

Like Lincoln, Nebraska was a derived name, meaning flat water. In the olden days, a lot of trails connected the state to others. Some of them were the Oregon and California trails and were basically connecting roads. People used them to get to Nebraska, and eventually Lincoln.

However there was a lot of conflict in Nebraska in 1834, when the state was made part of the Indian county. This caused the white people to leave the area. There were periodic conflicts with the natives until Native Americans moved to areas reserved for them by the U.S. Government.

Lincoln, from being a sleepy town has now become a place of plenitude and is now a seat of educational, and economic activities. Coming from the state of Nebraska, Lincoln understands the need for cultural, religious, and social pluralism. It has an inclusive culture, open to all people from any walk of life.

About Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln is where the Lincoln Metropolitan Area is. Constituting Lancaster County and Seward County, Lincoln's main development has been in the interior parts of the city. There are no major suburban areas in Lincoln. Somehow the logic prevailing for this is that Lincoln is a compositely growing city and has development spread across uniformly.

A popular children's attraction in Lincoln is the Lincoln Children's Museum. There are three floors dedicated to exhibitions that can educate, amaze and entertain children. Some of these exhibits let children experience them. They are allowed to play, run, and do other activities. They are also encouraged to play different roles from a mechanic to a navy doctor. Full of toys and stations, it's hard to keep children off these items. Pizza Parlor and Firetruck are popular with the kids. Children also get to make rockets and shoot them in the air.

Haymarket Famer's Market is a unique and engaging place. Visitors are treated to an exaggerated assortment of things to buy. It is a different kind of experience for passive shoppers as well. The swell of unique products never ceases to end. To put it in a nutshell, the creative ideas behind great wares are for sale not in a plush plaza but on the street.

There are plenty of restaurants available in Lincoln with an assortment of food items.

To experience wildlife in Lincoln, the ideal place to go is the Pioneer Park and Nature Center. Being so close to the city, this generously green forest is quite a revelation, or one may call it a surprise to be part of a big city. Good for hiking, rich flora and fauna is experienced on such expeditions. At the nature center, visitors have an opportunity to get up close and personal with snakes, and for those who have a fear of snakes, holding a snake in their hand is the perfect antidote. The park is great for winter activities, in that many people do sledding activities here. A photogenic place, every photographic frame is worth it.

The people of Lincoln have a subtle and inclusive culture. There are people from many ethnicities co-existing in harmony. The fast expanding city is well-complemented by industrious people. Peace-loving, friendly, and moderately gregarious, the people are the main asset of the city of Lincoln.

About Lancaster County, Nebraska

Lincoln is located in Lancaster County, which was created in 1859. Initially when it was created, the county seat of Lancaster County was Lancaster. After President Abraham Lincoln's death, the village of Lancaster was renamed to Lincoln to pay tribute to the American Civil War hero.

As part of the Lincoln Nebraska Metropolitan Statistical Area, Lancaster County has a different license plate system. Established in 1922, the licensing system starts with 2. This system was followed in Lancaster, Douglas and Sarpy, but was stopped in 2002.

Some major highways in Lancaster County are Interstate 80, Interstate 180, U.S. Highway 6, U.S. Highway 34, U.S. Highway 77, Nebraska Highway 2, Nebraska Highway 33, Nebraska Highway 43 and Nebraska Highway 79.

Lancaster County is bounded by eight counties. To the north are Saunders, Cass, Seward, and Butler Counties. To the south are Otoe, Johnson, and Gage Counties.

The main cities in Lancaster County are Hickman, Lincoln, and Waverly. There are also some notable villages in Lancaster County, and they are Bennet, Davey, Denton, Firth, Hallam, Malcolm, Panama, Raymond, Roca, and Sprague.

Important agencies in Lancaster County are Human Rights Commission, County Clerk, and Economic Development. The Records and Info management is one agency that provides the best records analysis. It keeps statistics and event information of everything that happens in Lancaster County. This information is not disclosed and kept as a government record in hard copy and electronic copy formats.

Aging Partners is another agency responsible for the welfare of senior citizens in the county. They have programs designed for the general welfare of senior citizens. Yoga, games, spiritual discourses and a range of other activities are lined up for them. Volunteers who can provide additional services are invited.

The Human Rights Commission of Lancaster County is a nine member committee responsible for eliminating discrimination, denial of fundamental rights and other human rights violations. Residents and visitors can file a complaint here, either in person or through the website. The complaint is reviewed by multiple people before action is taken. This commission is the basis of a free and transparent social fabric in Lancaster County.