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The United States Congress made Nebraska the thirty-seventh state in 1867. The first official symbol of Nebraska was the state seal created by a law passed in 1867. The seal contains many symbols which stand for important events in the building and growth of Nebraska, like the blacksmith holding the hammer. A steamboat moves up the Missouri River and a railroad train heads toward the Rocky Mountains in the west. The settler's cabin, the sheaves of wheat, and the stalks of growing corn represent agriculture.

Great Seal of the State of Nebraska


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