Traveling across the country with my father I insisted that we go out of our way to stop at the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. Several years ago I stopped by when I'd stumbled across it and enjoyed it. In the years between my visit the building itself had changed little (and it didn't need to) while the gounds outside had come alive.
I remember my father saything that we didn't need to stop at another "trail" museum and I informed him that this one was of a different sort and worth the stop. It doesn't so much cover the trail but covers the history of travel through the area. It's as much a history lesson of the changing times that visit Kearney as anything else. From it's original settlers (at least as far back as we have discovered) to the modern day interstate traffic and presented in an entertaining format.
As for the outside portion as you cross over the river into a living history exhibit. Or for the children play in the maze. It is something that is well worth the stop. For the educational aspect or simply for a break from the road.
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