Lincoln

Population

2010: 258,379, #72 in U.S., #2 in Nebraska

1950: 98,884, #112 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 302,157, #155 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 119,742, #134 in U.S.

Setting

Lincoln was founded in 1856.  The University of Nebraska is located on the north side of downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: State Capitol, 398 feet (1932)

The State Capitol has an observation deck on the 14th floor.

Stores

Lincoln has no downtown department stores. Historic Haymarket is an old warehouse district on the west side of downtown that now has shops and restaurants.

Trains

Amtrak’s California Zephyr goes west from Lincoln to Denver, Salt Lake City, and Emeryville (near Oakland), and east to Omaha and Chicago. Lincoln has a small, new Amtrak station on the west side of downtown, located adjacent to the old Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy station (1927), which is now used for special events.

Museums

The Nebraska History Museum, the Great Plains Art Museum, and the University of Nebraska State Museum are located downtown.



Lincoln Skyline

Theaters

The 14-screen Lincoln Grand Theater is downtown. The Rococo Theatre (the former Stuart Theater, 1929) is a restored movie theater that now has concerts and special events.

The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra plays at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts (1990) and the Kimball Recital Hall, both on the University of Nebraska campus. The Lied Center also hosts touring Broadway shows. The Haymarket Theatre is also in the downtown area.

Sports

The Lincoln Saltdogs of the independent American Association play at Haymarket Park (2001), just northwest of downtown. The Pershing Center hosts sporting events and other events. Pinnacle Bank Arena opens in the West Haymarket area in September 2013.

Map of Downtown Lincoln

Downtown Lincoln Association

Convention and Visitors Bureau