My Brief 1 Hour in Lincoln, Nebraska
"Land of the Cornhuskers and Capital of Nebraska"
I stopped by Lincoln and briefly set afoot in this city in a location that could literally be called Middle America. I was here just two days ago after a long road trip from San Francisco to Des Moines. Lincoln was my final destination other than a break stop at Council Bluffs and Des Moines International Airport.
I say that this is middle America because from San Francisco, it is a 1,614 mile drive. To New York City, it's 2,910 miles. If anything, Lincoln is definitely the capital city of a state that is truly in Middle America.
When I arrived in Lincoln, I found myself on O Street looking for the State Capitol Building. That early May day showed a city buried in humidity and light showers with fresh air, lots of unfinished construction, and moderately quiet. The capital building is easy to spot, pointing high into the sky and twice as tall as any of the neighboring buildings.
I climbed up to the stair and took this picture looking into Lincoln from the top steps of the State Capitol Building, an immodest structure from the distance but with lots of embedded facts engraved in the terra cotta colored walls including engravings of all of the state's counties.
Lincoln is a clean though slightly run down looking city with friendly people. If you've ever been to the Midwestern United States, the unique attribute is the very friendly people.
"Home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers"
As I drove about the vicinity of University of Nebraska, I saw traditional fraternity houses each uniquely identified with their own set of greek letters.
It was very reminiscent of the two famous college comedy movies "Animal House" and "Revenge of the Nerds." Although the university isn't the most charming looking, it is a notable university where many famous Americans have attended this university including:
Joba Chamberlain (pitcher NY Yankees)
Alex Gordon (3bman, KC Royals)
Ahman Green, RB (Green Bay Packers)
Mike Rozier, Heisman Trophy Winning Running Back
Roger Craig, RB for the SF 49ers
"Lewis and Clark"
Just across the street from the University of Nebraska Information Center, I stumbled into this statue of Lewis and Clark, two Americans famous for mapping out and exploring the midwestern and western United States in the early 1800s.