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Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

Address: 3060 East 1st Stree, Kearney, NE 68847
Phone Number: 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, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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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Tahlequah, Oklahoma
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We just happened on this attraction by noticing a reference on the state map. It's a giant arched building built over I-80. Inside a tall escalator takes you up into a variety of displays and videos that highlight the Great Plain, Platte River, and the pioneer trails, railroads, and highways that led to the American West. It gives a very... More 

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Denver, CO
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110 reviews 110 reviews
27 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I have a new respect for cross-country travel in the early 20th century - after wagon trails and before asphalt. Very informative exhibits on the evolution of the US highway systems in the space of an interstate bridge span.

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Monument, Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

While staying in Kearney on our way to visit family in Iowa, we stopped at the Archway Monument! This was a great place to pick up on the history of the area and settlers who passed through on their way to Colorado, Utah and other Western locations in the 1800s. This site offers a great look at history through the... More 

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Williamston, Michigan
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
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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230 reviews 230 reviews
61 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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