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Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

3060 E 1st St, Kearney, NE 68847-0462
+1 308-237-1000
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Interesting, but could have been better

Dramatic structure hanging over I-80 (and route of the former Oregon, California, and Mormon... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Roger D
Chicago, Illinois
Worth a stop

We arrived when this place was closed and thus had to walk around the outside exhibits. They were... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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3060 E 1st St, Kearney, NE 68847-0462
+1 308-237-1000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dramatic structure hanging over I-80 (and route of the former Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails), is not fully exploited, because it's mostly windowless. Could just as easily have had the same displays in a building at ground level, until you get to the end and...More

Thank Roger D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived when this place was closed and thus had to walk around the outside exhibits. They were interesting, nonetheless. I have no idea about the interior exhibits, but perhaps would suggest not driving a long distance out of you way to see it.

Thank Lipadad
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This site has a great audio tour component that provides great info as well as Stories of early pioneers. It has scenes from early days recreated with actual props and wax-like figures. Focuses on the early trails as pioneers moved west across the US. Has...More

Thank cdl3_12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The archway is loaded with excellent information on the many and varied travels of pioneers across the plains of Nebraska. This area was the crossroads for so many people and the stories are told in a unique way at this attraction. If you like history...More

Thank gbeerbohm
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Though I might miss something so we stopped. Not very exciting. Could easily skip this and not miss much.

Thank xuanlocdoc
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We crossed NE in a day (left Denver at 8am ). Roadsideamerica dot com mentions this place so it was a great Pit-Stop off I-80. We were just expecting a bridge you could walk over - but this is a Museum, Exhibit and audio tour...More

Thank Charleygirl76
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Great place to pull off of the Interstate 80 and spend a few hours or an afternoon. Interesting exhibits, wonderful history, and lovely gift shop. If you are traveling and have some time, I would suggest making this a place to get out and stretch...More

Thank EmptyNester0816
Reviewed 3 October 2017

this arch over the interstate is full of history from the pioneers all the way of to present day. so much history in one place. and you can watch the cars on the interstate

Thank Mickey W
Reviewed 24 September 2017

This tells about 170 years of history for the area. It has great displays and uses a handheld audio system to direct you through the displays. There is a lot of interesting information in each display. The building goes across the interstate, you go south...More

Thank alphawolfie
Reviewed 19 September 2017

A really interesting museum literally straddling I-80 near Kearney. It provides a history of western expansion--the pioneers, the stagecoach, pony express, the railroad, and the interstate road system--with lots of life size and interactive displays. It takes about an hour to go through it. They...More

1  Thank DaveIndy
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22 June 2017|
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Hi Michelle, It's really a matter of personal preference. Having raised three kids, my advice would be to show them pictures of each or let them research online and let them choose, that way they have made the choice and the... More
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Response from Marty L | Reviewed this property |
The cost is $12.00 and well worth the price in my opinion. Lots of diverse history about the settlers, and immigrants who traveled across the plains.