Just on the east side of Fort Calhoun is Fort Atkinson State Historical Park. Fort Atkinson has the distinction of being the first United States Army post established west of the Missouri river. The fort was established in 1819, then later abandoned in 1827. Up to 1200 U.S. Army soldiers were garrisoned at Fort Atkinson. The fort also served as a trading post, which also hosted traders, trappers, and other frontier people. Many famous western explorers passed through Fort Atkinson. Fort Atkinson has also been credited by the Nebraska State Legislature as the first town in the state, founded almost thirty years prior to the creation of the Nebraska Territory.
In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on a journey that would become one of America’s most fabled expeditions. Part of that adventure would take them up the Missouri River and along the eastern and northern border of present-day Nebraska.Today, travelers experience that same pathway along the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway. This 82-mile journey stretches just north of Omaha to South Sioux City.
Be a part of a team that encourages travelers to explore the lands the expedition traveled over two hundred years ago.
Traveling the Byway
Visitors traveling the byway experience lush, wooded bluffs that overlook the majestic Missouri River as it snakes its way through fertile farmland. They enjoy waterfowl and bison thriving on the area’s natural resources. In autumn, they witness the white clouds of snow geese as they make their graceful decent onto the oxbow lakes of DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge just east of Blair.As travelers make their way along the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway through the reservations of the Omaha and Winnebago tribes, they share the path trappers, traders, and American Indians once lived and traveled. They view many historic sites as Fort Atkinson – the first military post west of the Missouri River located near the village of Fort Calhoun – and take part in the daily routine of life on American’s frontier. Near Winnebago, travelers discover a large herd of bison roaming the grassy plains.
Visitors take part in one of the many cultural events and attractions celebrating the ethnic heritage of northeast Nebraska including colorful powwows featuring tribal dances.
All this plus ample boating, fishing, hiking and more make the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway an inspiring path of fun!
And of course, Too Far North is proud to be part of the Byway’s southern end. Stop on in and make it a great beginning and/or end to your journey!
Short Bull, a member of the Sioux tribe, was born in about 1845. He was a warrior who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and a medicine man who brought the Ghost Dance religion to the Lakotas.
After the murder of Sitting Bull and the events that led up to Wounded Knee Massacre Short Bull was imprisoned at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
In 1891 Short Bull was released from custody and he was permitted to join Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show. He remained for several years and made several trips to Europe.
Through many miscalculations by federal and army officials, the Ghost Dance religion resulted in the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. After the Massacre, Short Bull was sent to serve a prison term at Ft. Sheridan, near Chicago. Because they wanted to remove the Ghost Dance leaders’ influence, the federal government agreed to Buffalo Bill Cody’s request that the prisoners be released (1891) to tour with Cody in his Wild West show. Short Bull toured with the show in Europe and the United States over the next two years.
In 1894, Short Bull was invited by Thomas Edison to appear along with Annie Oakley in a film utilizing the kinetograph, the prototype of a movie camera. In 1893, Buffalo Bill Cody utilized Short Bull as an actor and a consultant in making a film that re-enacted the Wounded Knee Massacre.
Around the turn of the century many American and European ethnologists undertook research to preserve information on tribal languages, culture, history, and religious practices. Short Bull was a source to a number of these ethnologists who recorded his recollections through recorded conversations and his pictographs. There are pictographs in museums in the United States, France and Germany. Short Bull died on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota in 1915.
The 4th Arkansas Infantry (August 17, 1861–April 26, 1865) was a Confederate Army infantry regiment from the state of Arkansas during the American Civil War. The 4th Arkansas served throughout the war in the western theater, seeing action in the Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia campaigns.
Too Far North is proud to be part of the Nebraska Wine Passport sponsored by the The Nebraska Wine and Grape Growers Association.
Experience the Wine Industry Firsthand. The Nebraska Wine and Grape Growers Association welcomes you to experience the flavor of Nebraska by participating in the 2013 Nebraska Wine Tour. Our members are proud to showcase award-winning varietals handcrafted by farm-wineries across the state.
We’re Waiting for You!
Take your Nebraska Wine Tour passport to each of the participating locations you visit. After your tour or tasting, be sure to ask a staff member to stamp your passport. Personal information section must be completed.
Please mail your completed passport to:
Nebraska Winery & Grape Growers Association
P.O. Box 82081
Lincoln, NE 68501-2081
Passport stamps from 16 wineries and 6 tasting rooms are required to qualify for $50 in Wine Bucks.
Stamps from all 32 participating locations are required to qualify for $75 in Wine Bucks.
Wine Bucks are valid for Nebraska wine purchases only. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing and delivery of Wine Bucks.
The 1904 brick building that is now Too Far North was once a saloon built by the Metz Brewing Company of Omaha. You can still see the faded paint advertising Metz Beer on the south side of the building.
The Metz Brothers Brewing Company was among the first brewers in the U.S. state of Nebraska, having been established in the city of Omaha in 1859. It was among the earliest manufacturers in the city. After originally opening as the McCumbe Brewery, the facility was sold several times until brothers Frederick and Philip Metz purchased it in 1861. Metz was one of the “Big 4” brewers located in Omaha, which also included the Krug, Willow Springs and Storz breweries.
In 1880 the Metz Brewery was located at 1717 South 3rd Street in Omaha, and was producing 12,400 barrels per year. Later the facility moved to 209 Hickory Street into the former Willow Springs Distilling Company facility. Considered to be modern for the time, the facilities sat on an entire city block. Early brewing equipment included three cooling vaults, two of which were twenty feet wide by seventy-five feet long, and one smaller, being twenty feet wide by thirty in length. The ice rooms immediately above were of the same dimensions. The mash tub and brewing kettle each had a capacity for holding one hundred barrels. Barns for the delivery horses were also located on site. The brewery was said to have “no equal in the country.” The Metz brothers also ran the Metz Brothers Beer Hall, located on 510 South Tenth Street, where beer was supplied in barrels by horse-drawn cart from the main brewery.
The Metz Brewery closed because of the Prohibition. The facility was sold to an agriculture company in 1920. The label was brewed until 1961 by the Walter Brewing Company of Pueblo, Colorado.