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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 #1 of 20 attractions in Kearney
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Kearney, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is an awesome history of the Oregon, Mormen, and California Trails West connecting the east and west coasts in the late 1800's up through the 1960's including the railroad and great Lincoln Highway presentation. A must see Disney quality history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Don't forget to see the exhibits outside. The real teepee built by native Americans who have a regular powwow in Kearney, is cool to see. Our daughter loves standing on the bridge and feeding the huge fish.

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nebraska
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Went with my family, its was interesting for young and old. Great exhibits of how the West was settled, from the first settlers to current day. Large enough to give you a real feel of how the West was settled, yet not so large to be bored.

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Kearney, Nebraska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Took two groups of grandkids to the Arch last summer and they all loved it. It tells the story of how the west was settled and the wagon trains going thru daily life. Very well worth the time.

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Kearney, Nebraska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I have hosted numerous Kearney visitors to the Archway. They rave about this unique structure and quality show telling frontier history in an exciting showcase that is fun for the whole family. Visitors live the experience in a short stop or find the details offering an in depth study to listen, read and learn. Highly recommended!!!!

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Naperville, Illinois
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Friends of ours recommended that we stop in Kearney, Nebraska to see the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. The museum was thoroughly enjoyable-lots of great history and information presented very tastefully. We walked around the grounds and went into the mound hut, where a young man,entering college in the fall presented some interesting facts. He was quite knowledgeable and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Very welcoming and really interesting. We had a nice weather day to look at everything outside as well. The walking tour was informative and fun

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Layton, Utah
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7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I strongly recommend taking the time to go through the Archway exhibits if there's time in your schedule. It's an excellent exploration of the history of the route across the U.S., from early transcontinental travelers through current times, with realistic dioramas and entertaining presentations.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This is a great place to take a break from your cross-country trip. It does an excellent job of portraying the history of the various journeys to the West - those seeking fortunes in CA, those seeking a better life in OR, and those seeking religious freedom in UT. The stories were told audibly, with the written word, and with... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, Usa
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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

You may have driven under the arch many times and wondered if you should stop some day. Yes. do so. It tells the story of the westward migration in an entreating and interesting way. The recreated Indian dwellings are also worth a look. This is not a tacky tourist stop.

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