The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument features skilled reinactors who help make your journey down the Oregon Trail more interesting. Each reinactor assumes the role of an actual person, based on extensive research.
Cost: adults $10, ages 13-18 $6, ages 6-12 $3, older than 62 $8.50, 5 and younger free.
Hours: May 27 - Sept. 4: 9 to 6. otherwise 9 to 4. open daily.
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We always enjoy visiting college campuses when we travel. If you are the same, we suggest visiting the University of Nebraska @ Kearney campus. This is a four-year liberal arts school with an enrollment in the area of 7,000 students. The student union has a wonderful cafeteria for lunch, you can choose from just about any kind of food you prefer. (This is found on the second floor) The best plan would be to just ask a student for directions to the student union.
College Trivia: The UNK mascot is the Antelope, usually called the "Lopers" around here. UNK is one of only two colleges in the U.S. with that mascot. The other is Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. They call themselves the "Lopes".
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This is just an example of many churches available for worship in Kearney. Faith United Methodist Church is located at 17th Street and Central Avenue.
Other churches are pictured in the additional photos attached.
If you are a member of one of these organizations, you may be able to find a meeting of your club in Kearney.
There are three Kiwanis Clubs in Kearney. Dobytown Kiwanis meets at 6:45 am, another one meets at noon.
Kearney Area Barbershoppers Chorus practice on Monday nights.
THERE ARE THINGS GOING ON YEAR-ROUND AT THE BUFFALO COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN KEARNEY. A lawn & garden show in the spring, a special show for seniors called the "Prime Festival" is held in October, the county fair, even indoor tennis matches and lots more.
With the presence of the University of Nebraska @ Kearney, there are concerts you can attend year-round. Of course there are many college groups and individuals performing. The photos attached are of a state-wide festival of high school musicians. There was a Festival band, an Honor Band, a Festival Chorus and an Honor Chorus. About 111 Nebraska towns were represented. It was a wonderful evening.
The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument is an interactive expierience paying tribute to the pioneers headed west. We didn't get to stop, but it would make a great stop from the long highway trip.
Joined by a couple visiting from Minnesota, we all rode bikes along the wide, smooth, paved Hike/Bike Trail through Kearney. Altogether it is ten miles long, and it goes from Cottonmill Park just west of town down through the University, down to Yanney Park south of town, under Second Avenue (the exit road from Interstate 80) and on to the Archway Monument two miles west of town. What a great ride, with lots of places to stop along the way. We had so much fun, and we highly recommend it. (We rented bikes for $15/day at the bike shop on Central Avenue.)
This sculpture not only floats, but it is a kinetic sculpture, which means it also moves! The Nebraska wind causes several of the stainless steel panels to move, all while the entire sculpture is floating. This is just one sculpture in Nebraska's "400 Mile Sculpture Garden". The state has commissioned sculptures to be located in many of Nebraska's Interstate 80 Rest Stops.
Free concerts will be held on most Sunday evenings at the historical "Art Deco" Sonotorium in Harmon Park during the summer. Sponsored by the Kearney Area Arts Council, the music starts at about 7 p.m. The programs include a bit of country, pop, blues, to light jazz. The atmosphere is picnic informal, with background noise that includes a mix of local traffic, adult chatter, and children playing.
On Fridays June 10, July 15, and Aug. 12, 2005, additional free concerts will be held at the new Yanney Heritage Park (only a few blocks from most of Kearney's motels and connected by a hike-bike trail.)
Bring your own lawn chair or pull up a park bench.
The photo is of a structure called the "sonotorium." Located in Harmon Park in Kearney, Nebraska, it is the scene of many musical and other performances. Often the next scheduled performance is listed on a sign at the corner of 29th Street and 5th Avenue in Kearney.
At the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Kearney, Nebraska, you can man a radar gun and check speeds as traffic whizzes underneath you on Interstate 80. Your trip through time in this amazing museum-in-the-air takes you from the speed of wagons pulled by oxen to the interstate traffic of today.
This one-room schoolhouse was built in 1871 and was one of the first schools in Buffalo County. It was used for a number of years and was donated to the museum in 1982.
Kearney has this nice memorial to those who served during the Civil War. The standing soldier motif is the most common one used, although this memorial is taller than most.
There are some nice murals in downtown Kearney. I especially liked this one which depicted the old courthouse and the railroad depot.