The Cornhusker State has no shortage of rivers. After all, with a few exceptions for terrain, the entire eastern border is marked by the longest river in the United States, the Mighty Mo.
But the Missouri isn’t the only famous river in Nebraska. Here are 12 charming river towns in Nebraska that rely on the H2O from their river for everything from water to recreation.
What article about Nebraska river towns would be complete without Kearney? Located on the north side of the Platte River, this town's name was misspelled by the postmaster wayyy back when, who added an "e" before they "y." Guess they didn't have "autocorrect" way back then...
Located on the Missouri River, picturesque Brownville was once the largest town in Nebraska Territory. The 1880 census population count was 1,309. Today, the sleepy community has pared down to a comfortable 132 people who call Brownville home.
Visit the Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard and Winery (shown above) in this historic little town along the Missouri River.
Scottsbluff (the city) is located just across the North Platte River from its namesake, (the real) Scotts Bluff National Monument.
4. Nebraska City
Nebraska City is considered the oldest incorporated place in the state. The community here grew up around the commerce the Missouri River brought in the mid-1800s.
Folks in the small village of Niobrara learn to love the outdoors. Niobrara got its start in 1856 right here on the border of Nebraska and South Dakota. In the 1880 census there were 475 people sharing this beautiful spot. Now Niobrara is home to about 350 and has plenty of wide open spaces to stretch your legs.
6. Dakota City
Welcome to Dakota City on the banks of the Missouri. This is a town where family comes first. Be sure to check out the annual Cottonwood Days festival August 19-21, 2016. If this photo is any indication...it's a barrel, or at least a "tub," of fun!
For more than two centuries, people have called this booming spot along the Missouri River home.
Cross the bridge from Missouri into Nebraska at Rulo and you'll be warmly greeted with the NE sign that says "NEBRASKA - The Good Life."
The folks in Rulo sure make it seem good. And if you're not into "punk boating" like this man is, you can always find another fun way to enjoy life in Rulo.
Established as a trading post commonly known as "the Barracks" in 1854, Plattsmouth quickly grew into a full blown town. Today the charming Plattsmouth Main Street Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Each September the Plattsmouth Harvest Festival celebrates the annual harvest with four days of celebration. It's fun for the whole family.
Brady, population approximately 420, was laid out back in the 1880s. Perhaps that's why the streets are so wide. This endearing little community rests to the southwest on the banks of the famous Platte River.
The Platte River runs through the south side of Gothenburg in Nebraska's Dawson County. The city has two original Pony Express stations. The one shown here is located in Ehmen Park.
Decatur, population approximately 470, is home to the annual Riverfront Days festival. Kick off your Father's Day Weekend 2016 in Decatur on Friday, June 17th at the Riverfront Days festival.
With so many great river towns in Nebraska it looks like someone has some road trips to plan. What’s your favorite Nebraska river town and why? We’d love to know in our comments on Facebook.