Nebraska covers 77,421 square miles of the great plains. The Missouri River borders it on the east and the Rocky Mountains lie not much further to the west. The land is very flat, but rises in elevation from east to west. The Missouri River lies as low as 840 feet in elevation where it leaves the state at the southeast corner, and moving westward, reaches above 5,000 along most of the Wyoming border. The highest point in the state is named Panorama Point, which is just a low rise near the Colorado and Wyoming borders, at 5,424 feet.
Ice age glaciers scoured the eastern portion of Nebraska, leaving behind an area of rolling hills known as the Dissected Till Plains. Grassland prairies cover most of the state, with a large area toward the west called the Sand Hills.
Nebraska became the 37th state of the union on March 1, 1867. It has used the slogan "Where the West Begins", and in the early days it was important in the settlement of the west as the emigrant trails leading to Oregon, California and Utah all passed through Nebraska, following the Platte River. Today Interstate 80 follows roughly the emigrant trail.
Nebraska's population was 1,711,263 as of the 2000 census. The state capitol is at Lincoln.
UntraveledRoad offers a virtual tour in the northwest corner of the state including the town of Chadron and some surrounding prairies.
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