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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, History Museums, Observation Decks/ Towers, Cultural
Owner description: Spanning Interstate 80 - formerly the Great Platte River Road - that connects east to west, this...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, History Museums, Observation Decks/ Towers, Cultural
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Williamston, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Heading east or west on I-80, you can't miss seeing the Arch. This is an absolutely wonderful historical museum, recounting the settling of our country. It is historically located at the intersection of the Pony Express, Oregon and Mormon trails. Plan on spending at least 2 hours. Get the headphones to have the full experience.

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New Brighton, Minnesota
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27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The history is good, the price to to take the full tour is fair. There are lots of free activities to do at this location also. A great place to stop and stretch your legs and learn a little history too.

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North Platte, Nebraska
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217 reviews 217 reviews
57 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Very easy to get to and a nice stop in a cross country drive. It is cool to see the interstate below and their is an awesome bike path that goes across the water and down the lane that features historical Indian and American homes such as mud dome teepee and a sod house.Close to the Firefighters museum as well!

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Vancouver, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

When our travel agent first suggested checking out this place, I thought he was fooling about it being actually built OVER the freeway. Yep, it is and it is architecturally stunning from the outside. However, the outside is nothing compared to the inside. I was a little skeptical because you buy your tickets in the gift shop, which is definitely,... More 

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Golden
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Very well done exhibits and self-guided tour with headphones. Not cheap, but a good look at history with lots of personal perpsectives and narratives.

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Kearney, Nebraska, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This attraction showing the various trails (California, Oregon, Morman) going through the area brings American history alive with telegraph, pony express, early railroads and more in a very interesting manner both visually and audibly.

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Lexington, Nebraska
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13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is the most fun visitors center I have ever visited and we often stop when we are traveling back and fourth on I-80. The rest rooms are clean and they offer a family rest room as well. The staff is pleasant and helpful and on weekends you will often find volunteers in pioneer dress. Great little gift shop and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Really a nice place to stop. Loved the way up to the museum feels like u r entering the old west. Lots of history and done in a interesting way. Need to stop. It is the gate way to the west

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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145 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Excellent overview history for travelers passing this area. Lewis & Clark, Pony Express, Pioneers, Native Americans, Lincoln Highway, Expansion, Industrialization, Communication, and into the 20th Century. Can't miss it. Don't skip it.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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48 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

First, the upside. The Archway is a very professionally-done attraction showing human migrations across the continent from roughly 1840 to 1960. The step-through-time chronological presentation is effective, as is the headphone-conducted narration, which automatically switches audio tracks as you walk from section to section. The museum has a clear goal to communicate the essence of the Oregon and California Trails,... More 

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