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    AN OLD SERVICE STATION
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Kearney Things to Do

  • Pawnee Earth Lodge

    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...

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  • East Lake, West Lake, 1914 Suspension...

    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

    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...

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  • 1871 One-Room Schoolhouse

    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.

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  • German Baptist Church

    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

    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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Kearney Restaurants

  • Great Seafood

    $22 as of August 2013 I am a big seafood fan; so I normally am very happy to see a Red Lobster near my motel. This was a good one and my waitress, Becca, was great. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM Sunday through Thursday and 11 AM to 11 PM Friday and Saturday. I had the Admirals Feast; which was quite good. Love their biscuits too.

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  • An unusual but excellent coffee shop

    If you are looking for a modern, bright, immaculately clean coffee shop, this is it. We make a combination of cappachino and coffee. But they are actually a complete restaurant as well. Lunches there are inexpensive and good. Panini sandwiches are a specialty.

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  • NEAR THE INTERSTATE

    I had one of their hamburgers and it was delicious, and there was plenty of it! It opened in February of 2006. Alpine Swiss Hamburger and Kalua coffee. In the summertime they have great flavored lemonades; I like Cherry Lemonade and my wife likes the Raspberry Lemonade.Another favorite: Memphis dry-rubbed ribs. wow, they are good.This evening we...

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Kearney Nightlife

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    by Basaic Written Oct 16, 2013

    If you are in downtown Kearney and are looking for a nice Irish Pub to grab a quick burger and a beer (or more) consider Paddy O'Mally's. Seemed like a nice friendly place to me.

    Dress Code: Casual

    Paddy O'Mally's
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Kearney Transportation

  • THE CORVETTE SHOW

    Corvettes are transprtation, right? There is a Corvette Show held out at the Archway Monument usually once a year. In 2007 it was held on August 11th (a Saturday) from 6 to 8 pm.pictures attached.

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  • WHERE TO GET CAR REPAIR IN KEARNEY

    FOR YEARS NOW, we have used Graham Tire & Automotive on north 2nd Avenue for ourcar repairs. They have treated us fairly and well.Location: on the west side of 2nd Avenue, just a block or two north of 56th Street.

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  • PSSST - WANNA BUY A USED CAR?

    Seriously, if you would find yourself needing to buy a used car, I would recommend two places: Lichti's (pictured) and Stan's (in second photo)Lichti's is located on the north side of highway 30 out on the east edge of town in the industrial park area.Stan's is also located on the north side of highway 30, but farther into town, maybe about Avenue...

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Kearney Shopping

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  • Outdoors, Sports, and Cooking

    There is a huge 35,000 square foot Cabela's store located in Kearney for all your outdoor equipment needs. They also have great displays of animals trophies in their natural habitats. This is also the home of the Classic Car Museum. Hours are 8 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday and 810 AM to 6 PM on Sunday. Just down the road is an outlet for...

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  • Third World products

    A very nice shop with lots of interesting items. candles, baskets, bowls, puzzles, all kinds of things. reasonable

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  • PHOTOGRAPHY

    NO, THIS IS NOT A RESTAURANT. ITS DENNY'S PHOTOGRAPHY. THEY DO A NICE JOB. ITS ABOUT AS EXPENSIVE AS MOST PHOTOGRAPHERS.

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Kearney Local Customs

  • LOCAL TALK RADIO

    TO GET A FLAVOR OF LOCAL POLITICS AND OTHER INTERESTS, tune into AM 1340 radio in the mornings. First, from 7 to 9 am is a lighthearted chatter show called "The Breakfast Flakes". From 9 to 11 am is the call-in portion of the programming. Its called "Talk of the Town".After that they go to national programs which I never listen to.The second photo...

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  • CORVETTES AT THE ARCHWAY MONUMENT

    If you are in Kearney on Father's Day and you like shiny new and old Corvettes, the Archway is the place to be. The Archway Corvette Club has a nice show outside, and in the lobby area of the Arch you can cool off with ice cream sundaes and soda pop.note: In 2007 theshow was planned for August 11th (a Saturday)

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  • GARAGE SALES!

    IN SOME AREAS THEY ARE CALLED "YARD SALES" but we call them "garage sales" and boy, are they popular around here.On Saturday mornings in the spring and summer there are garage sales all over town, and plenty of customers come to browse and buy! Usually the sales start at 8 in the morning, some start at 9. A few will have sale hours on Friday as...

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Kearney Warnings and Dangers

  • TORNADO!

    We are not in "tornado alley" by any means, it doesn't happen often. But it pays to keep an ear to the weather reports in the springtime.On May 29th, 2008, two tornadoes hit multiple times in and around Kearney. My photos are attached.PLEASE CLICK THE PHOTO TO SEE THE REST OF THEM.

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  • IS THIS A REALITY MOVIE?

    DON'T THINK YOU ARE GOING TO CATCH A MOVIE HERE. THIS IS NOW A DENTAL OFFICE!My grown son just had a dental procedure done here for the first time, and I was very impressed with the dentist, the nurses and the office personnel.The decor of this place is amazing; it took them a year to remodel this old movie theater, using old movie posters, velvet...

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  • TELEMARKETERS!

    EVER WONDER WHERE THOSE TELEMARKETER CALLS COME FROM? Well, unfortunately, some of them come from Kearney. This sign appears over a Kearney furniture store on Central Avenue. In the basement of this store, telemarketers are making their calls.One reason that telephone services often originate from this part of the country is that we have no accent....

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Kearney Tourist Traps

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    by Rich62 Updated Apr 18, 2006

    "THE STAGECOACH" IS THE NAME OF THIS BUSINESS. Its really not a "trap" because no one forces you or tricks you into buying anything. But it is the most "touristy" thing in Kearney. If you are into tacky souveniers, T-shirts with "funny" sayings on them, etc., then this is the place for you. Young children, and maybe teenagers, will think this is a pretty neat place. There is a wide variety of "stuff" to choose from, trust me.

    Unique Suggestions: Just don't get carried away and get something that will soon be for sale at your next yard sale.

    location: As you exit I-80 and turn north toward Kearney, you will soon see this "fort" on the west side of the road.

    Fun Alternatives: THERE'S LOTS MORE TO DO IN KEARNEY, JUST CHECK MY OTHER TIPS.

    WELCOME TOURISTS!
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Kearney Off The Beaten Path

  • Fort Kearny State Park

    Fort Kearny was established as a military outpost along the Oregon Trail in 1848 to protect pioneers making the trip west, and was named for General Stephen W. Kearny. It also served as a stop for the stage coach, a pony express station, the headquarters for the Pawnee Scouts, and a supply depot/outfitter during the Indian Wars, along with...

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  • A NICE WINERY NEARBY

    15 miles east of Kearney on highway 30 is the town of Gibbon. Just southeast of town is the George Spencer Vineyards and Winery, one of Nebraska's newer wineries.Go to the east end of Gibbon, just past the meatpacking plant, and turn south across the railroad tracks on Pawnee Rd. Go 1 1/2 miles and you will see the winery on the east side. The...

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  • VISIT THE AUDUBON CENTER at the ROWE...

    ONLY A 15-MINUTE DRIVE FROM KEARNEY:The Audubon Center at the Rowe Sanctuary is a great place to observe birds, especially migratory birds. In fact, if you can be there during the last half of March or the first week of April, you will see the migration of half a million Sandhill Cranes through the area (best viewing times are sunset or sunrise)....

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Kearney Sports & Outdoors

  • Hike and Bike Trail

    If you have been overindulging in dome of the fine cuisine in Kearney, or if you just feel like some exercise, there are about 9 miles of hiking and biking trails along the river. Theye are paved, relatively flat and scenic. One of the trailheads is by "The Arch".

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  • ICE HOCKEY OR BASKETBALL

    In this facility, known as the Kearney Events Center, a United States Hockey League team called the "Tri-City Storm" do their thing during the winter months. Other events, such as concerts, are also held here.

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  • THE MISS BASKETBALL SHOWCASE

    For fifteen years, a girl's basketball tournament has been held at UNK in July. Teams from all over the midwest, and sometimes farther, come to participate. Games are held at the UNK Health and Sports Center on campus. In 2006, the tournament dates are July 13 - 16th. There were 48 teams participating in 2005, and there were 64 All-Star Teams in...

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Kearney Favorites

  • HOW KEARNEY RANKS

    IN SEPTEMBER OF 2006, BIZJOURNAL.COM RANKED THE 577 SMALL CITIES IN THE U.S. FOR QUALITY OF LIFE. THESE CITIES WERE FROM 10,000 TO 50,000 IN POPULATION.KEARNEY FINISHED #1 IN NEBRASKA, #11 IN THE ENTIRE MIDWEST, AND #31 IN THE UNITED STATES. FACTORS IN THIS RANKING WERE: A STRONG ECONOMY, LIGHT TRAFFIC, POPULATION AND INCOME INCREASES, MODERATE...

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  • Pronunciation

    Okay, it's spelled Kearney. In English that can be at least two pronunciations. Here in Nebraska, it 'kar-nee'. That's Car like the automobile, followed by knee, the joint in the middle of your leg. Simple, maybe. It's the name of the Colonel who lead the 1st military expedition along the Oregon Trail and made recommendations about where and if...

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  • NURSING EDUCATION

    Just for your information, one campus of CCC (Central Community College) is located in Kearney. It is primarily devoted to nursing education. Other campuses are in Hastings and Grand Island. Our oldest son graduated from the CCC in Hastings with a degree in Horticulture, and we were quite impressed with the education he received there.2 photos...

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