The Lewis and Clark expedition camped along the Missouri River here where the future Nebraska City would grow as they made their travels in 1804. Once the original site of Fort Kearny, Nebraska City boomed into life as a transportation hub leading west. Steamboat travel was important to the settlement of Nebraska City as the boats traveled up to Ft. Benton, Montana. Gold miners heading to California traveled through here. Pioneers heading west with dreams of building a new home left their mark here as well. There are many museums preserving history in Nebraska City to satisfy almost every curious mind including the Enchanted Arboretum, the Mayhew Cabin, which is the only recognized Underground Railroad historic site in the United States, and a windmill factory museum, the Kregel Windmill Factory museum to name a few.