If you are heading on a long drive, on Interstate 80 North Platte sits in the middle of a long stretch between Lincoln, 220 miles to the East - and Cheyenne, 220 miles to the West. You can get out and stretch your legs and enjoy this park which has a lot to offer. There are ball fields and an amusement park and a pool and much more, but I headed over to where there are some old locomotives.
Inside the railcars is a a nice (and free) museum detailing the growth of the railroads and their importance to this region. You can learn about how mail was processed and handled as well in an old mail car. There are lots of old photos and historical anecdotes and I felt it was not only well put together, but especially unique that the exhibit was inside the train itself.
I got gas in town and got back on the road with a deeper understanding for the part of the country I was traveling through. After all, I-80 parallels the route of the original transcontinental railroad. Places like Cody Park can add a lot of depth to your travel experience
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