Nebraska City is one of the oldest cities in Nebraska, beginning its life with boat traffic along the Missouri River. A bit of internet research reveals too that Nebraska City was a favorite location for covered wagon caravans to cross the Missouri since the shoreline was an easy one for both the horses and the wagons. Today Nebraska City has a population of about 8,000 persons. Its most famous attachment today is as the place where Arbor Day started and is still highly featured everywhere about town.
We arrived about the time for an early lunch, so went first to the Lied Center Conference facility there.
We enjoyed a lovely lunch, noticing the table decorations all featured products from trees such as pine cones, acorns and other nuts, or plant life such beans and popcorn. The lamp shades in this room all had leaves imprinted on them.
Outdoors here as well as elsewhere in the city we found tree sculptures.
From our luncheon location we drove to the Kregel Windmill Museum. According to the guide we engaged here this is the only intact windmill shop in the United States. It is housed in the second building used by this company, the original having been located across the street when the company started in 1879. The present building opened in 1903 and was used until 1991 when the company ceased active operations.
Below are two views of windmill construction equipment. While the present building appears to be crowded with equipment, our guide explained that during the time windmill construction was underway there was even more equipment about.The factory museum is set up to show how the factory looked in 1939.
I found these jars and didn't quite know what it was.
I didn't know what I was getting into when we stopped here, but I surely enjoyed this tour.
From here we drove about three miles to the Missouri Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretative Museum. This museum particularly centers on natural history associated with the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Inside we first saw a pirougue.
I ducked into the nearby gift shop. All the books related somehow to the Lewis and Clark expedition, but the below made me laugh.
We learned that during the entire two-year trip the expedition members were plagued by mosquitoes. Perhaps they thought the mosquito loomed as large as the model below.
On the lower level I learned that the expedition used 25 boats! Below are models of two of the boats.
The top level of the museum features a diorama of showing the prairie through which the expedition traveled.
Nearby was an exhibit about the interaction of the expedition members with the grizzly bears. This exhibit featured something quite unique.
One room on this level of the museum is devoted to stamps associated with the Lewis and Clark expedition. Below is a first day cancellation. Note the date on this cancellation is 1994.
We learned that Lewis and Clark re-enactments take place at this museum once a month during the summer months. If you are interested in Lewis and Clark, you will want to put this museum on your list of things to do.
This was a very pleasant day in Nebraska City.