ATTRACTIONS: (some main ones)
Chimney Mountain Historic Site; State Capital Building at Lincoln and the University of Nebraska; Omaha and it’s numerous cultural events and family entertainment options; Bluff Scotts National Monument, and much, much more. For additional attractions and points of interest, follow the links shown below.
- Beautyphoon: Basic information about the U.S. state of Nebraska, including state history, geography, population, economy, and politics.
AGREEMENT AND VISITOR’S OFFICE:
- Lincoln Visitor Information
- Lincoln Attractions
- Attractions in Omaha
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- Times to Travel: With the most interesting collection of family attractions, monuments, museums, outdoor activities and historic sites, Nebraska offers a fascinating look at America’s history, spring, summer or fall.
Climate: Nebraska enjoys warm summers, generally dry winters, moderate humidity and plenty of sunshine.
Early evening thunderstorms are common in late spring and summer, especially central and east. Tornadoes do strike the state on a regular basis, as Nebraska is in America ‘s Tornado Lane.
- Biotionary: Nickname of Nebraska, covering state overview, travel information and most popular attractions.
January is the coldest month with average high temperatures in the low 30s. July is the warmest month with average high temperatures around 90 degrees; hotter summers and colder winters are not uncommon.
Annual precipitation ranges from 20 to 30 inches in the east and central, while the west has much drier conditions.
Seasonal temperature averages:
HIGH TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
(Jan) 32/0 (February) 38/3 (March) 50/10 (April) 64/18
May 74/23 (June) 85/29 (July) 90/32 (August )) 87/30
(Sep) 77/25 (Oct) 67/19 (Nov) 50/10 (Dec) 36/2
LOW TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
(Jan) 10/-12 (Feb) 15/-9 ( March) 27/-3 (April) 39/4
May 50/10 (June) 60/16 (July) 66/19 (August) 63/17
(September) 53/12 (October) 40/5 (November) 27/-3 (December) 15/-9
Oregon National Historic Trail
In 1810, scout Robert Stuart managed to overcome the wall of the Rocky Mountains. He discovered the easily passable South Pass in Wyoming. For many years, only the most intrepid mountaineers, hunters or fur traders made their way here. However, the desire of the church to save the souls of the Oregon Indians untouched by Christianity was so strong that in 1836 the Presbyterian missionaries Marcus Whitman and Henry Spalding and their wives set out on a 3,500 km long march.
The messages they sent were generally very positive, so many people and families with children followed them to the dream areas of Oregon and California. The places attracted them mainly with large supplies of wood, fertile soil and a pleasant climate. In addition, it turned out that the malaria that plagued the local farmers did not occur in the west. However, the journey to the promised land was quite difficult, it led from Independence, Missouri across the Great Plains, through the Rocky Mountains, and it took from four to eight months to conquer. On the way, the pilgrims faced many obstacles in the form of difficult terrain, hunger, exhaustion, frost and snow disasters in the mountains, or, on the contrary, unbearable heat and numerous raids by Indians.
In the years 1841-1848, only 2,700 people went west, while a year later there were already 30,000. Before the railroad was established in the area, around half a million immigrants passed through this Oregon Trail. However, it is reported that nearly one in fifteen died en route. Over time, the Oregon Trail became one of the most important and famous transcontinental routes. Of all the trails associated with the conquest of the Wild West, it was also the most famous. It ended at the Columbia River.
Pony Express National Historic Trail
The Pony Express courier service operated in America between 1860 and 1861. Its main task was to transport mail from the East Coast to the West Coast. Since there were no railroads at the time, postal lines were the only thing that connected the American coast. The principal mail company at that time was Wells, Fargo & Co., whose stagecoaches, however, could not cover the distance from east to west in less than three months.
The newly formed company Russel, Major and Waddel therefore came up with the idea of replacing stagecoaches with lone horse riders. Their advantage would be speed, which would shorten the shipping time to a few days. However, such a lone rider (even if equipped with a weapon) was an easy target for Indians or marauding bands. A rider’s weekly wage was $25, which was twice the average worker’s wage at the time.
The first rider to be sent along this route was William Richardson on April 8, 1860. However, the most famous rider of the Pony Express was William Frederic Cody, aka Buffalo Bill. The route with a total length of 3000 km led from the city of Saint Joseph in the state of Missouri, continued through Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada to Sacramento, California. Each rider was provided with enough food and drink. Mail was carried in four leather bags, so-called mochilas, which were attached to the saddle. One rider usually transported about 15 kg of parcels. His duty was to ride the jet on his horse to the nearest station, where he changed his horse and continued on. The individual stations were 20 km apart.
Since the Pony Express was not supported by the state, this line was heavily loss-making. The only thing that kept her alive was the rapid delivery of breaking news to newspapers on both coasts. In 1861, however, the transcontinental telegraph was built, and therefore the Pony Express ceased operations on October 20, 1861. During its existence, 305 journeys were made here in both directions and 34,753 parcels were transported.