From original homestead cabins to the architectural wonders of the State Capitol, the Land of the Pioneers is a rich and exciting land to explore. Historic attractions and events in the river towns of the east complement the prairie experience, ethnic cultures, and modern highlights found in towns and cities to the west. If variety is the spice of your life, you'll love touring this area.
Explore Pioneer Country
Built about 1877 the Isaac Newton Clark House is a good example of Gothic Revival residence, a relatively rare building type in Nebraska. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Isaac Newton Clark was born in Ohio in 1836 and moved to Sutton in January 1872Sutton, NE National Register
On a prominent natural terrace of Weeping Water Creek, the Davis village, located near the town of Weeping Water, is the most extensively studied community of the Nebraska Phase. This culture flourished along the Missouri River and its tributaries from A.D. 1100-1400Weeping Water, NE Archaeology
Wilfred Miller completed this chapel in 1995. He built it the same size as the "World's Littlest Church" in Festina, Iowa. Everything is authentic and is from historical buildings throughout the area that have been torn down. The steeple is dated 1898 and is from the Presbyterian Church in Nelson;Superior, NE Historic Churches
Among the four houses located in the National Historic Register District in Pawnee City, the large frame dwelling is a good example of the Queen Anne style. Known as the "Hempstead Mansion," the house was built in 1887-88 by E. F. Hempstead, who came to Nebraska from Illinois in 1886Pawnee City, NE National Register
With a population of 733, Nelson continues to serve as the county seat. The beautifully renovated 100-year-old courthouse stands on a hill overlooking the town. It was built in 1890 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the Christmas season the many beautifulNelson, NE Historic Courthouses
The town of Tecumseh, Nebraska was named after the great Shawnee (Shawenese) Indian Chief Tecumseh born in 1768. At the moment of his birth a comet flashed low across the sky. His father, who was a respected Shawnee warrior named Puckesinwa, named his son "Tecumseh" or "Tecumseh, NE Indian Heritage
A 52-room mansion that belonged to J. Sterling Morton, Founder of Arbor Day. Many of the family's original pieces fill the home. The Carriage house displays carriages used by the family. Walking trails wind through the grounds.
Nebraska City, NE Arboretums