The Steamboat Bertrand Museum at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge near Blair displays artifacts found a century ago when the vessel sank in the Missouri River in 1865. Photo by Erik Johnson.

Blair was named for railroad magnate John Blair. The Washington County community was incorporated in 1872, but the rich history of the area dates back further. Native American tribes lived and hunted along the nearby Missouri River for thousands of years and adventurers Lewis and Clark explored the area in 1804.

Bicyclists and walkers enjoy a network of trails that run through Blair neighborhoods and to scenic locations such as the 80-acre Black Elk-Neihardt Park. Lion’s Park features new playground equipment and a remodeled train depot.

Blair is home to unique shops that make it well worth the 20-mile drive from Omaha. Tighe It With a Bow, Bra-Ta Boutique, Acme Fabric & Quilt Co. and the Heartland Tasting Room & Tap House are just a handful of the interesting places to explore.

The DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge, six miles east, is a regional destination for viewing wildlife, especially during fall and spring migrations.

Learn more by contacting the Blair Area Chamber of Commerce at or (402) 533-4455.

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