Nebraska Capitol

History Moments

Air Date: 04/08/2018

Nebraska citizens fought hard over the location of Nebraska's state capitol. Its territorial capitol was Omaha City, or Omaha, and pro-Omaha Nebraskans fell to the north of the Platte River. Two-thirds of Nebraska's population lived south of the Platte River, however, and wanted the capitol to be closer to them. Omaha governor's gerrymandering infuriated southern Nebraskans, who responded by trying to join Kansas instead. In the end, majority ruled, and the capitol was transferred to a small part of Lancaster County Christened "Lincoln" after Abraham Lincoln. It is now the second-largest city in Nebraska.