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The Nebraska State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of Nebraska serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Cornhusker State". The Nebraska state seal is also an emblem that is representative of the state's origins, history, character and ideals. The following motto, reflecting the spirit of the state, is also incorporated in the Nebraska state seal:

"Equality before the law"

The Nebraska state seal identifies government buildings and officials and is a centerpiece for the Nebraska state flag. The symbolism, history and emblems of the seal are described in this article with fast facts and information.

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Facts on the Nebraska State Seal
The men who designed the Great State seals were educated in the classics and were knowledgeable of art history and symbolism of heraldry. Fast, fun facts about the history and design of the Nebraska State Seal:

Nebraska State Seal Facts

Fact 1: The first seal used was that of the Nebraska Territory that existed from May 30, 1854, until March 1, 1867 when statehood was achieved

Fact 2: The new version  was designed in 1867 by Isaac Wiles (a member of the House of Representatives)

Fact 1: Adopted in 1867 and was approved by Governor David Butler on June 15, 1867.

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Nebraska Territory Seal


Description, Symbols, Icons and Emblems of the Nebraska State Seal
The description and meaning of the symbols, icons and emblems are as follows:

The overall image portrays the Nebraska landscape, the transportation, industries and the lifestyle of the early inhabitants of the state
The Rocky Mountains feature strongly at the top of the image with a steam train with carriages heading towards the Rockies emphasizing the importance of the railroad.
The First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States was built in the 1860s and new line began in Omaha, Nebraska

A steamboat, another extremely important mode of transport in the early history of Nebraska ascends the Missouri River

The invention of steam power made it much easier to travel along the rivers, replacing the flat boats. Steamboats had a steam engine which turned a paddle wheel at the back of the boat, some had two paddle wheels on each side of the steamboat.
The foreground agriculture is represented by a settlers log cabin, sheaves of wheat and stalks of growing corn. A flourishing tree represents the timber industry.

In heraldry a wheatsheaf is called a garb and it symbolizes that harvest of one's hopes has been secured

The figure of a smith with a hammer and anvil represents the products produced by the people
The Nebraska seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

The Nebraska Seal of 1913
This is an early flyer that displays the 1913 design of the seal, which is extremely similar to the current version. A picture of Cottonwood trees, one of the largest North American hardwood trees that grow 20-45 meters tall, represent the logging industry and the silhouette of a lumberjack stands in the foreground. The other picture depicts Native American Indians talking to a frontiersman dressed in buckskin.


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