NRHP: Arbor Lodge

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Arbor Lodge (J. Sterling Morton House)

Arbor Lodge (J. Sterling Morton House)

NRHP Reference #: 69000135

NRHP Listing Date: 19690602


W of Nebr City, Nebraska City vicinity, Otoe County, Nebraska

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J. Sterling Morton was the founder of Arbor Day, an American holiday designated for planting trees. The original house, built in 1855, was remodeled several times by the late 1800s. In 1903 Morton's son, Joy, converted the house to the three-story, fifty-two-room, Neo-Classical Revival mansion of today. As a pioneer Nebraska journalist, politician, and leader in horticulture and conservation, J. Sterling Morton served as secretary of agriculture under President Grover Cleveland in 1893. Arbor Lodge, located near Nebraska City, was donated to the state of Nebraska in 1923 and is now a state historical park administered by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

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