Nebraska’s nickname is The Cornhusker State. Early explorers considered Nebraska and the surrounding areas part of the great American desert. In the 1860’s the first wave of homesteaders poured into Nebraska to claim free land granted by the federal government. Many of these first Nebraskan settlers built their homes out of sod because trees were sparse on the grassy land.
Much history of the state is the story of these rugged, strong-willed Nebraska farmers who fought hardship, drought, and insects to transform the desert into ranches and farms. Today Nebraska is a leading agricultural state, considered a bread basket for the USA and much of the world.