Roadtrip USA – Nebraska City

Crossing Lewis & Clark’s journey along the Missouri River, we made a visit to what is now Nebraska City. Just along the Nebraska/Iowa border Nebraska City is between Omaha and Kansas City on the Interstate and a short drive east from Lincoln.

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We’ve been through Nebraska City several times since our friend Jeanna purchased Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast. I had helped Jeanna move from Austin and begin the transition to small town life. Having just celebrated her 10th anniversary as innkeeper, it was time for us to check in once again.


The Main Draws

Nebraska City is full of interesting history showcased in some fabulous facilities. Arbor Day Farm and the Lied Lodge celebrate the birth of Arbor Day – the tree planting holiday.

The Lewis & Clark Missouri River Visitors Center sits on a hillside on the edge of town. Explore local wildlife, plants and a Native American earth lodge in addition to Corps of Discovery journey on the Missouri River.

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts hosts artist residencies ranging from writers, visual and interdisciplinary artists, and composers. The public gallery showcases works from the visiting artists in addition to pieces from their permanent collection.

Hidden Treasures

This trip we spent our time exploring the town itself, hidden treasures abound in the Midwest and we’ve found a few to share here.

A windmill factory that closed down in 1993 has been turned into the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum. It’s surprisingly interesting. Pack rats or careful planners, you decide – the building housed machinery, parts and office equipment from it’s long history and was shuttered intact. The exhibits are well-done and the docents knowledgeable.

Murals reflecting the City’s past and recreating original advertising have been refreshed on buildings downtown.

Celebrating Arbor Farm, the  city commissioned An Enchanted Arboretum – public art sculptures in the shape of trees. The selected artists included high school students and ‘professionals’. What a great way to develop young talent!

After a few mornings spent watching the birds in the garden and reconnecting with Jeanna, our road trip continues west to Colorado.

Watch for upcoming posts as we continue our fall migration south.