Exploring Windmills, Wind Turbines, and Energy Generation in the MINK Missouri River Corridor
9:00 – Kregel Windmill Factory Museum – Nebraska City
This historic business started in 1879 has been recognized as a rare national treasure. Equipment dating back to the 19th century is still in place. The factory was used to produce windmills for farmers in the Nebraska City prior to rural electrification. Modern kiosks have been added to share the sounds and sights of the machinery in action. The museum opened in April 2013.
10:30 – Kimmel Orchard and Research Center – Nebraska City
Learn the latest advances in sustainable alternative agriculture. See how an historic apple orchard has been expanded with the assistance of the University of Nebraska research to include grapes, cherries, peaches, strawberries, pumpkins and other fruits and nuts. View the production area. Taste the products. Sample the wine.
11:30 – Arbor Day Farm Wood Fuel Power Plant – Nebraska City
Tour Arbor Day Foundation’s wood-fired alternative power plant that heats and cools the entire Lied Lodge. Energy is supplied from renewable resources.
12:00 – Lied Lodge at Arbor Day Farm – Nebraska City
Enjoy lunch in the beautiful Timbers dining room, built by the Arbor Day Foundation from natural woods. Read quotes from J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day in Nebraska City in 1872 and from other famous naturalists.
1:30 – Cornhusker Beef & Nebraska Vegetable and Protein, Nebraska City
You may be full from lunch, but stop by the retail storefront of Cornhusker Beef & Nebraska Vegetable and Protein to select fresh cuts of meat and greens for tonight’s meal. It’s all locally sourced from southeast Nebraska!
3:00 – Wind Farm Tour – Rock Port, Missouri
Learn about the “First city in USA that is capable of being 100% wind powered”.
See some of the 101 wind turbines near this rural community. Hear the huge machines move with the wind.
8:30 – Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Interpretive Trail & Visitors Center
Learn about the epic journey of America’s most famous explorers in 1804-1806. Climb aboard full sized replicas of their keelboat and white pirogue and other interactive exhibits. Get a bird’s eye view of the Missouri River, wooded bluffs, open areas of prairie grasses and wildflowers. Enjoy a 32 minute video overview of the journey. “Walk in the footsteps” of Lewis & Clark on the trails
10:30 – Old Freighters Museum – Nebraska City
Interprets the significance of freighting and emigration on the Oregon Trail Cutoff passing through Nebraska City during the years 1846 through 1870. The freighting company of Russell, Majors and Waddell maintained 4,000 head of oxen to fulfill a government contract to convey five thousand tons of government supplies overland to military outposts in the western reaches of the nation.
Tour guide talks about the explorers, soldiers and pioneers who came up the Missouri River valley. Describes the bridges that were built across the rivers. And the modern “trails” of concrete interstate highways.
1:00 – St. Joseph Museum – St Joseph, Missouri
The year 1844 marked the beginning of emigration to the West Coast from the St. Joseph area. The town was founded in 1843 by Joseph Robidoux near his 1827 trading post. In 1844 it was a new and rapidly growing town and offered many advantages over the Independence/Westport rendezvous of 1841-43.
2:00 – Pony Express Trail Museum – St Joseph, Missouri
On April 3, 1860, a lone rider left on horseback from St. Joseph, Missouri. Carrying saddlebags filled with mail, the riders traveled 2000 miles west to Sacramento, California. These brave young souls raced against nature’s cruel elements and rugged terrain in an attempt to unite a country separated by distance. Experience the exciting, educational, state-of-the-art exhibits conveying the need, creation, operation and termination of the Pony Express. Be captivated by the stories and images of an era long passed.
3:30 – Remington Nature Center – St Joseph, Missouri
Explore the history of the area from wooly mammoths to barbed wire, Native Americans, fur trappers, Civil War soldiers, pioneers, settlers and merchants…all under one roof. The modern building overlooks the Missouri River.
Relax while enjoying your favorite beverage and eating locally processed beef.
9:00 – Historic House –Table Rock
Site of an Underground Railroad station.Narrated tour of a house. Escaped slaves stayed in the basement. They escaped out the back door into wagons.
9:30 – St. John’s Church – Table Rock
One of the oldest churches in Southeast Nebraska featuring hand-painted wall murals throughout the building.Recently renovated.
10:00 – Historical Society & Museum Guided Tour – Pawnee City
David Butler’s House, first governor of Nebraska
Kenneth Wherry Library, US Senator
Dan Whitney’s Barn,(Larry the Cable Guy)
Irish McCalla (Queen of the Jungle) pictures and paintings
Civil War Cemetery (170 Veterans)
11:45 – Amish farm – Pawnee City.
Lunch of mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, meat, cole slaw vegetables, pie, and drink
12:30 – Amish buggy rides. Shopping in little Amish store
1:15 – Harold Lloyd Museum – Burchard
Lloyd was a 1920’s silent movie star. View a portion of one of his 200 movies. See memorabilia in his home.
2:30 – St. Anthony’s Catholic Church – Steinauer
Built in 1926, and recently renovated, it is a striking example of 10th century Italian Romanesque architecture.Its windows and grandeur rival that of churches in Europe.
4:00 – Captain Meriwether Lewis Steamboat Museum – Brownville
The sidewheel steam dredge was built in 1932. Used by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to channelize the Missouri River. The boat is now permanently dry-docked, hosting the Museum of Missouri River History.
5:00 – Whiskey Run Creek Winery – Brownville
This destination winery sits on the site of Brownville’s old Schriener’s Brewery.
6:00 – Spirit of Brownville Riverboat
Dinner cruise on the boat
7:00 – Village Theater – Brownville
Live evening shows performed by college students during the summer months.
402 Houston Street
Table Rock, Ne 68420
Yvonne Dalluge meets the bus there and stays with the group until 3:00 p.m.
St. John’s church
Pawnee City Historical Society & Museum
529 P St.
Pawnee city, Ne
71213 626 Ave.
Table Rock, NE
Harold Lloyd Museum
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
Captain Meriwether Lewis Steamboat Museum of Missouri River History Brownville State Recreation Park Captain Meriwether Lewis Foundation
P.O. Box 145
Brownville, NE 68321
Phone (402) 825-3341
Phone (402) 825-4131 (foundation)
Hours: May – Mid Oct, daily, noon – 5:30 pm, http://www.meriwetherlewisfoundation.org/