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Nebraska City, Nebraska

Nebraska City, Nebraska

Home of Arbor Day

As the third oldest city in Nebraska, you may expect to see historic buildings nestled in the shade of the ancient trees and landmarks. But with over 300 properties on the National Register of Historical Places, visitors are drawn into the past while visiting any one of the many museums open for tour.

Where the history of J. Sterling Morton and majestic Arbor Lodge intertwines with the Arbor Day Farm and state-of-the-art Lied Conference Center,

Where Arbor Day was founded and is annually celebrated each April,

Where apple orchards abound, beautiful trees grow abundantly, and walking trails follow wooded creeks to the delight of thousands of visitors,

Where an Urban Forest and Arboretums are being established,

Where annual parades celebrate Arbor Days and AppleJack festivities,

Where Lewis and Clark\'s legendary expedition passed and John Brown made history by hiding runaway slaves in a cave,

Where the past is actively preserved to promote a progressive future.

Come visit us and see why we\'re Nebraska\'s \"first city\" of history!

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park & Arboretum

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

Union Orchard

(Started in 1890's by the University of Nebraska.)

1. APPLE VARIETIES
-- Jonathon - Sept.
-- Winesap - Sept. to Late Oct.
-- Red & Yellow Delicious - Late Sept.
-- Turley - Oct. 1 to Oct. 15
-- Jonagold - newly planted

Nebraska City, NE Recreation

Otoe County Courthouse

This two-story, Georgian brick structure is the oldest public building in the state of Nebraska still in use. The building was completed in 1865 when Otoe County was formed and Nebraska City named the county seat. Inside, several photos and displays portray the building's history.

Nebraska City, NE Historic Courthouses

River Country Nature Center

Visitors are invited to take a walk on the wild side at the River County Nature Center. More than 400 preserved specimen of birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles are on display at the center. The wildlife displayed are native to Nebraska, including a new Nebraska Albino Animal Display.

Nebraska City, NE Museums

Farmers Bank & Trust Co.

The Nebraska City Post Office, built in 1886, was a Richardson style building that would attract anyone's attention. Roughly around the same time, Farmers Bank and Trust Company was established. The bank was the only locally owned bank in Nebraska City at the time.

After nearly 100

Nebraska City, NE Historic Buildings

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Schilling Wildlife Management Area

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DeWitt Flour Mills and King Iron Bridge

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Mahoney SP Golf

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