The mighty Missouri River defines the northern and eastern borders of this region first explored by Lewis and Clark in 1804. It was the winding road navigated by trappers, traders and Native American Indians. For centuries, it has fed and shaped the personality of this fertile land. Poet John Neihardt was greatly moved by the river and the spiritual heritage of the Native Americans of the region. His work chronicles and preserves the richness of the Sioux and Omaha Indian cultures. It's a land of beauty and wonder that is sure to bring out the explorer in anyone.
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St. Rose of Lima church is of Gothic architecture, its arches pointing heavenward like hands pressed together in prayer. Built in 1951, this building is the new St. Rose, an imposing stone structure that replaces the frame church made inadequate by the rapid growth of St. Rose of Lima parish.Genoa, NE
The Neihardt Center has been constructed for the study and preservation of the works of John G. Neihardt. The memorial room repeats the symbolism of the Hoop of the World and chronicles Neihardt's life, works and the times in which he lived. See the study where Neihardt began his epic poemBancroft, NE Arts
Devil's Nest is a designated scenic area noted as a hideout for Jesse James and other famous outlaws. Rumors have it there is still $30,000 in hidden gold buried in the Devils Nest! In your adventure of reaching this point, you will no doubt understand why this was such a good hiding place.Niobrara, NE
The Emmanuel Lutheran Church, located in the town of Dakota City , was the first Lutheran Church to be built in the Nebraska Territory. It is believed to be the oldest church building of any denomination in the state of Nebraska. The building also housed theDakota City, NE Historic Churches
Winter can be a fun time at Lewis & Clark. When the ice is sufficient, the lake is open to ice fishing, skating, and snowmobiling. Snowmobilers can also use area roads but must stay out of other areas. Cross-country skiing is becoming increasingly popular with park visitors., NE Winter Sports