DescriptionBlair is headquarters for the Papio Soil Conservation District, the first cooperative soil-building organization in Nebraska. Just east is the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. The 1865 wreck of the steamboat Bertrand was discovered at the refuge; its cargo is displayed in the refuge's visitor center; phone (712) 388-4800.
On bluffs overlooking Dana College is the 80-acre Black Elk-Neihardt Park. The 44-foot-tall Tower of the Four Winds commemorates the vision of Oglala Lakota holy man Black Elk, who related his dream of peace to his friend John G. Neihardt, Nebraska's poet laureate. Colorful mosaics depict Black Elk's vision of the four quarters of the universe and their meaning. Another tranquil area is the rose garden in Rhoades Park on US 30. The garden blooms from early June to early October.
Visitor InfoBlair Area Chamber of Commerce 1646 Washington St. BLAIR, NE 68008. Phone:(402)533-4455