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Located on the eastern side of Nemaha County, Brownville is a small town along the Missouri River with deep roots. With settlers dating back to 1854, this historic city is the site of the state’s first telegraph office. It also claims the honor of filing what’s considered the first claim for the Homestead Act. Daniel Freeman reportedly visited the Brownville land office ten minutes after midnight January 1, 1863, making him the country’s first official homesteader.

Possibilities for entertainment and historical excursions abound in Brownville. Stroll down Main Street and peruse artist galleries and a half-dozen museums. Enjoy a siesta at Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard and Winery, walk inside the 1854-era Didier Log Cabin or take a scenic river cruise aboard the Spirit of Brownville.

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