On July 20, 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set foot on the gently sloped banks of what is now known as Nebraska City and considered it an "ideal site for a future city." About 40 years later, the original Fort Kearny was built at this spot.
After just a couple of years, the fort was relocated, but a city had begun to grow, gaining prominence as a river port. Russell, Majors and Waddell, a major overland freighting company chose Nebraska City as their home. After receiving a government contract to supply the western post with military equipment, the company settled into the headquarters, built by the government. After more than 20 years of prospering, the company gave way to the railroad used as a residence. In 1985, the Otoe County Historical Society purchased the home and began restoring it as a historical museum. Today, visitors can tour the Old Freighters Museum and revisit the birth of the city and its connection to the West.
Admission: $2 for adults and $1 for children.
Phone: (402) 873-9360
Group and individual tours available by appointment.
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