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The city of Lincoln is the capital of the Cornhusker State Nebraska Lincoln is located in the southeastern part of the state about 60 miles 100 kilometers southwest of Omaha It lies in a shallow basin about 1160 feet 355 meters above sea level Salt Creek and its tributaries thread through the basin Lincoln serves as a center for educational cultural and religious institutions The city also developed as the trade center for a wide agricultural area In the city are the buildings that house the various departments of the city county and state governments the state mental and orthopedic hospitals and the state penitentiary Also located in Lincoln are a veterans hospital and the regional headquarters of the Veterans Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture The University of Nebraska was founded in Lincoln in 1869 The city is also the home of Nebraska Wesleyan University and Union College The State Capitol designed by the architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and completed in 1932 has a central tower that rises 400 feet 120 meters from a massive two-story base and is considered a showpiece of American government architecture The Sower a statue symbolizing Nebraskas farms stands atop the tower Museums include the State Museum of History the University of Nebraskas Christlieb Western Art Collection and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery designed by architect Philip Johnson Pioneers Park includes a nature center The Nebraska State Fair takes place in Lincoln each summer Other cultural groups include a symphony orchestra the Lincoln Community Playhouse and the National Art Association Lincoln got its first rail connection in 1870 and by the late 1800s had 19 different rail routes Railroads gave Lincoln its most important industry--railroad-car repair Among the citys manufactures are dairy and meat products telephone equipment agricultural machinery cement bricks and drugs There are also printing and publishing plants and the city is the headquarters for more than 30 insurance companies
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