Bordering Slavery in the United States Missouri, the town became an important port on the Missouri River. Daniel Freeman, the first Homesteading to file a claim under the Homestead Act of 1862, staked his claim at a New Year's Day Year's Eve party in Brownville. The Governor Furnas Arboretum was planted in the city in 1992. Omaha's 'River City Star' was built in the town in 1967, and was originally named the 'Belle of Brownville'. Art galleries and winery in and near Brownville have also helped to make the town an increasingly attractive getaway for residents of the region's larger cities.