Description - French fur traders first visited Nebraska in the late 1600s. Part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Northeastern Nebraska is known as the Land of Lewis and Clark, because the duo's expedition tromped through the region as they explored in 1804–1806. A few years later, Robert Stuart pioneered the Oregon Trail across Nebraska in 1812–1813, and the first permanent white settlement was established at Bellevue in 1823.
- A number of the principal historic sites and monuments in Nebraska are described by the wildernet pages of this section. Among the principal attractions are Agate Fossil Beds, Homestead, and Scotts Bluff National Monuments; Chimney Rock National Historic Site; and a recreated pioneer village at Minden.
Recreation - Recreational activities at historic sites include visitor centers, interpretive programs and viewing of historic buildings and locations.
Climate - Nebraska has a moderate climate with high humidity. The relative humidity in this state averages 70 percent throughout the year. Winter temperatures normally average between 20 and 45 degrees F. March brings warmer weather and temperatures above freezing for most of the month. Spring is in full swing by late April when temperatures often reach above 60 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach highs of 95 degrees F frequently, with warm weather continuing into mid September. Crisp fall weather truly begins in October when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the low 40s. The wettest time of the year in this state is late spring through summer.
The location of Nebraska historic sites is availble along with a map, on each of the wildernet pages describing an individual site.