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Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

3060 East 1st Stree, Kearney, NE 68847
308 237 1000; 877 511 ARCH
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Kearney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Observation Decks/ Towers, History Museums
Owner description: Spanning Interstate 80 - formerly the Great Platte River Road - that connects east to west, this archway holds 79,000 square feet of exhibits on the... more » Owner description: Spanning Interstate 80 - formerly the Great Platte River Road - that connects east to west, this archway holds 79,000 square feet of exhibits on the route's evolution and importance. « less
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Cross City, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

You travel in time virtually with the settlers. It is fun to tour the different areas. Just the right time frame for the visit.

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Olathe, Kansas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is a good way to spend an hour while in Kearney. Walk and view the exhibit at your own pace. Larger than it looks from the outside.

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North Platte, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Took about an hour to go through the tour and the maze outside. If you have kids and want something creative to do on a break the maze is free. The museum part is interactive which is unusual and memorable, but a bit pricey considering the size and duration. The staff was incredibly friendly and a real plus for the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Worth a couple hours to see the workers dressed in period costumes and in character. The museum takes you from the earliest settlers up to present day and how they made the trips. And in some cases how they died trying.

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Adair, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Excellent and informative museum! Allow about an hour to go through it. A headset is worn that narrates you through the exhibits. Across the road is a short interpretative trail about early settlers, and large dish can be seen and fed as you cross the river (this trail is free). There is a gift shop, snack bar, and clean restrooms.... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Ya it crosses the whole freeway, but because of that it looks really small. But when you stop and get to looking around it is really Hugh. The exhibits are great with terrific historical value. This is a must stop if you are on the freeway.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I drive I-80 every summer traveling between states and finally decided to stop here this summer. This place is amazing! The museum takes you through the experiences of those traveling the Oregon and Mormon trails and is a really cool experience. Definitely a good rest stop.

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Plainfield, Illinois, United States
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is in my top 100 things to see before I kick the bucket. There is nothing like it anywhere in the U.S. This is a work of Art, It's Functional, and Educational. They have a small snack shop, gift shop, and an "old west" style photo studio inside. It has a really fun maze outside for the kids. There... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Anyone traveling down I-80 through Nebraska should go through the Archway. It is a phenomenal historical walk through the history of I-80 which was the original Oregon and Mormon Trails. The walk through the Arch takes you along the travels and history of the trials and tribulations that our ancestors faced as they traveled across America on the road that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Do not stop because it is so nice inside. From the road it looks small but inside is great. Lots of history of the Lincoln Highway & stories of the prairie pioneers. Plan on at least 2 hours to look around. They have a very nice place to eat also.

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