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Learn About Pioneer's Journeys Through Nebraska and the Lives of Those Who Stayed at Historic Sites
Take time to explore Nebraska's history at historic sites that commemorate the people who moved through the state and those who settled here. Both the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Trail passed through Nebraska, and there are sites dedicated to remembering both.
Pioneers traveled along the Oregon Trail as they moved across the continent to settle the northwest. The Ash Hollow State Historical Park in Lewellen has one of the trail's landmarks, Windlass Hill, within it. Robidoux Pass, a trading post and resting point near Gering, holds reconstructed buildings from that past.
As Mormons made their way to Utah, they passed through Nebraska. The Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters, near Omaha, lets visitors experience parts of the trek.
Of course, some travelers settled in Nebraska. Visit the Douglas County Historical Society at the Crook House Museum in Omaha to explore the house's historic furnishings, artifacts, exhibits, newspapers, and photographs showing life in Nebraska more than a century ago.
Douglas County Historical Society
You'll no doubt have plenty to see and do during your next visit to Nebraska. From the numerous outdoor recreation destinations, to the College Baseball World Series – Omaha will yield fun-filled days. Be sure to visit the Douglas County Historical Society.
Also known as the DCHS, Douglas County Historical Society is not far from downtown Omaha, and is technically located within the General Crook House at Fort Omaha. Their mission is to preserve and present the history of Douglas County to the public.
Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters
The state of Nebraska, though known for many things – wide open ranges, corn, college football – is home to the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters. Plan your next visit to the Omaha area and be sure to visit this historic and iconic site.
Start any day of exploration at the Mormon Trail Center at the aptly named Mormon Trail Visitor Center. Here, you'll find all the relevant information you'll need to maximize your fun and education at the center. Guided tours are free, and you'll get a glimpse into the lives of those who lived in the last 1800's Nebraska.