Lincoln, Nebraska


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Lincoln was originally founded in 1856 under the name Lancaster.  Omaha had been the capital of Nebraska Territory since its creation in 1854.  The only problem was that most of the territory’s population lived south of the Platte River.  This bothered many people within the territory, so much so that they considered annexation to Kansas.  Eventually, the legislature voted to move the capital south of the river and as far west as they could.  They settled on Lancaster, partly because of its salt flats and marshes.

Citizens of Omaha, bereft of their original capital, conspired to derail these plans by renaming Lancaster Lincoln, after the recently assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.  They knew that many people south of the river had been Confederate sympathizers during the Civil War.  These conspirators from Omaha believed that the measure wouldn’t pass in the legislature if the capital were named after Abraham Lincoln.  At first, the name did cause quite a stir, but eventually it stuck, and so did the capital of Nebraska.

Today, Lincoln is the second-most populous city in Nebraska (after Omaha).  In 2013, it was estimated that the city had a population of 268,738 people.  Lincoln makes up part of the Lincoln metropolitan area, which according to the 2010 U.S. census had a population of 302,157 people.

The top employer in the city of Lincoln, according to the City’s 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, is the State of Nebraska, which employs 8,899 people.  Just below this is Lincoln Public Schools, which employs 7,824.  The University of Nebraska-Lincoln comes in at third, employing 6,119 people.

Other than these three institutions, Bryan Health is the largest employer in the city of Lincoln.  Bryan Health consists of two major hospitals and several large outpatient facilities scattered throughout the city.  Indeed, healthcare and medical jobs account for a substantial portion of the area’s employment.  According to a 2009 report by Lincoln Career, Salary & Employment Info, full-time healthcare employees in Lincoln included 9,010 healthcare practitioners in technical occupations, 4,610 workers in healthcare support positions, 780 licensed and vocational nurses, and 150 medical and clinical laboratory technicians.

The Nebraska State Capitol, which houses the primary executive, judicial, and legislative offices of the state of Nebraska, is the second tallest capitol building in the United States.  It was built between 1922-1932 and overseen by architect Bertram Goodhue in the Art Deco, Neo-Byzantine, and Gothic Revival architectural styles.

Another attraction within the city of Lincoln is the Frank H. Woods Telephone Museum.  According to the museum, its goal is to educate the general public about the history of the telephone industry.  It was opened in October of 1996 and was named in honor of the founder of the Lincoln Telephone Company.

Lincoln does not have any major professional sports teams.  They do, however, host the college athletic teams from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  Nicknamed the ‘Cornhuskers’, these teams include the football team, which plays their home games at Memorial Stadium.  They are members of the Big Ten conference and have 9 unclaimed and 5 claimed national titles to their name.  The men’s basketball team plays in Pinnacle Bank Arena.  They have one conference tournament title.  The baseball Cornhuskers play in Hawks Field at Haymarket Park and have five conference championships under their belts.

Own a small business in the Lincoln metropolitan area?  Considering it?  These links could be useful:

Apply for a Business License in Lincoln

Starting a Business in Nebraska

Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

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Vivid Sign Co.
6001 S. 58th St. Ste.
Lincoln, NE 68516

Premier Graphics Co.
660 Dorsey St
Beatrice, NE 68310
Lincoln, NE