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    ART IN THE PARK, GOING STRONG FOR OVER 40 YEARS

    by Rich62 Updated Jul 13, 2014

    Each year on the second Sunday in July one of the top 200 outdoor art shows in America is held in Kearney's Harmon Park. In the picture are some of the fiberglass cranes that were placed around town as part of a community-wide display. Each one was painted by a local artist. The reason for the cranes is that thousands of (live) Sandhill Cranes migrate through this area each spring. The second photos shows an artist at work.

    In 2014 the show was scheduled for July 13th, 9 am to 5 pm. (always a Sunday)

    Other types of art on display are bronze sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photography, and so on. This is a juried show, so the quality is very good. Exhibitors come not only from Nebraska but several other states as well. In 2010 there were 60 artists displaying their work.

    A concession stand by Faith United Methodist Church provides homemade pies, drinks,
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    5 photos attached: CLICK THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT AND TO SEE THEM ALL!

    AN ARTIST DISPLAYS HIS SKILL AT ART IN THE PARK This 2014 booth featured artwork focused on Maine! GLASS TILE MOSAIC FOR THIS CRANE Browsing the displays at the 2014 Art in the Park
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    Pawnee Earth Lodge

    by Basaic Written Oct 16, 2013

    This is a recreation of a traditional Pawnee Earth Lodge. The thing I found most interesting about it was that it was not built by Pawnee Indians but by members of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and and Arikara tribes. The Pawnee are believed to have built their last traditional lodge in 1905 and have lost the knowledge of how they were built. Losing vital knowledge of one's heritage seems a great tragedy. There are people in the lodge to answer questions you may have about it.

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    East Lake, West Lake, 1914 Suspension Bridge

    by Basaic Written Oct 16, 2013

    Across from the entrance to the arch is an old suspension bridge built in 1914. The bridge crosses the divide between East Lake and West Lake and leads to more outdoor exhibits and the Biking/Hiking Trail. Nice view too.

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    Great Platte River Roadway Arch

    by Basaic Written Oct 16, 2013

    This museum is quite an experience and tells about the trails, the railroad, and the highways that led past Kearney into the west and the part they played in the expansion of the United States. There are also a number of outdoor displays about life along the Great Platte River Road that I will go into in greater detail. Kids of all ages may enjoy the maze next to the arch and don't miss the neat mosaic just outside the main entrance to the arch. Fall hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and up); $8 for youth (10 to 15); $6 for kids (6 to 9) and free for kids 5 and under.

    Great Platte River Roadway Arch Inside Bison Statue Maze Mosaic
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    German Baptist Church

    by Basaic Written Oct 16, 2013

    This church was built in 1898 by the German Baptist Church of the Brethren on the Southwest corner of 18th Street and Avenue A. That congregation used the church until 1964 and other churches used the building for another 12 years. The church was donated to the museum in 1989.

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    Eggers Cabin

    by Basaic Written Oct 16, 2013

    This log cabin was located on the homestead of Jasper and Magdalena Eggers in 1872. The material used to build the cabin had previously been used, probably to build a military outpost called Fort Banishment (associated with Fort Kearney) in the 1860s.

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    Loup River Freighter's Hotel

    by Basaic Written Oct 16, 2013

    In 1883, Jerome Lalone bought land in the Northwestern corner of Buffalo County and built this home in 1884 on the South Loup River along a wagon road between Kearney and Broken Bow. Lalone built extra bedrooms and an extra parlor to rent out to freight wagon drivers before the railroad came to town. The home was bought in 1893 by Felix and Flavia Eckhout, and four generations of Eckhouts lived here until they donated the home to the museum in 1983.

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    Trails and Rails Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 12, 2013

    The Trails and Rails Museum is operated by the Buffalo County Historical Society and has a number of very interesting displays about the trails and railroad that led through the town and the early history of the settlement of Kearney. They have an old depot and several other buildings to explore along with photos, archives, books and other materials. Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday (Memorial Day through Labor Day) and 1 PM to 5 PM Monday through Friday (Labor Day to Memorial Day). Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for UNK students, and $2 for kids 5 to 12.

    I will go into a bit more detail on the buildings at the museum in the following tips (coming soon).

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    Classic Car Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 12, 2013

    This is one of the places I need to return to because I did not have time to look around as much as I wanted. This is one of the newest attractions in Kearney and quite interesting. The Classic Car Museum has over 130 cars from the early 1900s to recent classics (like my 2009 Dodge Charger R/T Daytona?). The museum is located in the same building as the 35,000 square foot Cabela's Store. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors; $6 for students and kids 5 and under are free.

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    Firefighters Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 12, 2013

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    The Nebraska Firefighters Museum in Kearney houses an impressive collection of firetrucks and other firefighting memorabilia to delight and educate people of all ages. See the old trucks, learn about how the Maltese Cross and the Dalmation became symbols of firefighting and more. This is also the home of the Nebraska Firefighters Hall of Fame; and take a solemn moment to contemplate the memorial to those firefighters who died in the performance of their duties. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM daily (although the day I visited they opened 20 minutes late). Admission is $6 for adults.

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    Fort Kearney Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 12, 2013

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    This museum boasts a wide variety of historical artifacts from around the world and the only glass bottom noat rides in the midwest. Having grown up in Florida I have taken lots of those. The museums sounded interesting and I stopped here but it was closed even though it was during the advertised hours. Not sure if it was bad luck or ????. Hours are advertised as 10:30 AM to 5 PM Thursday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday; Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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    Kearney and Buffalo County

    by Basaic Updated Oct 12, 2013

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    Kearney is a small city of almost 32,000 (up 16% since 2000) located just off Interstate 80, along US Highway 30, in Central Nebraska. Kearney was named for nearby Fort Kearny which was named after Colonel Stephen Kearny. The origin of the extra "e" in the town's name seems open for debate. One story says it was an error by the post office. Kearney is the county seat of Buffalo County. Buffalo County was established in 1855 and was named for the plentiful buffalo in the area (then not now). Actress Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy) and radio personality Charlie Tuna are from the area (as is distinguished VTer Rich62). The Kearney National Guard Armory (photo 2) is located just across from the courthouse and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Buffalo County Courthouse Kearney National Guard Armory
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    History and "The Bricks"

    by Basaic Written Oct 12, 2013

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    Kearney has an extensive historic district with quite a few buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. Many of these are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I really liked the area called "The Bricks" where they have retained the brick streets. The Bricks is also home to some trendy botiques and restaurants/bars along with a few entertainment venues. A neat place to hang out when in Kearney.

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    Museum of Nebraska Art

    by Basaic Written Sep 13, 2013

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    If you are a big fan of art stop at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney. It offers 11 galleries with a nice collection of art by Nebraska artists, and about Nebraska, from the earliest times to hot artists of today. The collection shows the history of the state and its people and is well presented. The museum is housed in a very interesting neo-classical designed building completed in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hours are 11 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. It is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. Admission is free; but they appreciate donations.

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    See a great Classic Car Collection

    by Rich62 Updated Jul 16, 2012

    Kearney's newest attraction (as of 2012) is the "Classic Car Collection", a first-rate museum featuring about 130 great automobiles, such as a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, a "Back to the Future" DeLorean, hardtop convertables, a Ferrarri Testarossa, and numerous cars from the 1910's through the 1960's as well. There are many interactive boards where you can select a brief video on a subject of your interest, and a gift shop too.

    My wife and I spent about an hour and a half and enjoyed it immensely.

    Admission (as of 2012) is $7 for senior citizens and $9 for adults.

    TURN IN HERE FORD HARDTOP CONVERTABLE AN OLD SERVICE STATION ONE OF SEVERAL INTERACTIVE BOARDS WITH FLATSCREENS ANOTHER GREAT CLASSIC
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