Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska and the seat of Lancaster County. Lincoln and Lancaster County form a metropolitan statistical area, which serves as a commercial, educational, and government center for a grain and livestock producing region. Named after President Abraham Lincoln, the city was an important railroad junction for major western routes during the nineteenth century. William Jennings Bryan dominated the political life of Lincoln when he ran for president three times. The Nebraska state Capitol building, completed in 1932, rises 400 feet above the prairie and was designed to symbolize the spirit of the Plains. Voted by Expansion Management magazine in 2003 as a "Five Star Community," Lincoln is appealing for its small-town feel yet offers a wide array of cultural attractions and business development opportunities.
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