North Platte Travel Guide

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    Fort Cody
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    Fort Cody Trading Post, in operation since 1963, is the home of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show - in miniature. The show, made by Ernie and Virginia Palmquist, took 12 years to carve and contains over 20,000 hand carved pieces - many animated. The Grand Parade features cowboys from all over the world, wearing costumes and carrying their country's...


    This is an interesting adventure for young and old. There are "experts" on hand to explain what you are seeing. When we were up in the observation area we estimated that we observed about a hundred diesel engines and thousands of freight cars. It was especially fun to watch cars pushed over "the hump" and then individually rolled down the hill and...

  • Buffalo Bill State Historical Park

    North Platte was home of the man who made the Wild West world-renowned. In his day he was as famous, or even more so, than any entertainment superstar today. No one figure personifies the frontier spirit better than William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, the West's most colorful showman, army scout and buffalo hunter.This State Historical Park preserves...

  • Cody Park Wildlife Viewing Area

    The centerpiece of Cody Park is a lake, surrounded by a high chain-linked fence. Inside the fenced area are several species of animals in a natural setting which may be viewed by the visitor. These include:DeerElkLlamasGeeseDucksPeafowlBurrosSheep Animal feed is available through park concessions for those who wish to feed the wildlife through the...

  • Western Heritage Village

    Western Heritage Museum is directly behind the Lincoln County Historical Museum, and admission is included with your ticket to the museum. It is a collection of authentic pioneer structures which have been moved here from other nearby locations and restored. The buildings are all furnished in period pieces and are open to visitors. In the Western...

  • Hershey Railroad Depot Museum

    A part of the Cody Park Railroad Display is a small museum in the picturesque old Depot from Hershey, Nebraska. The Depot has been so well preserved that to walk inside is like stepping back in time to when the station was still in business. Inside is also a collection of memorabilia and several displays which will be of interest to any Railroad...

  • Railroad Display

    The Union Pacific Railroad Co. donated and installed steam locomotive UP 3977 in the Railroad Display area of Cody Park in 1968. It is the biggest locomotive I have ever seen - one of two remaining 3900 class Challenger type locomotives in existence, and the only one on display. Accompanying the 3977 Unit is a baggage car, mail car, caboose,...

  • Cody Park and Wild West Memorial

    Cody Park is a large multi-use park owned and operated by Lincoln County. The Park never closes and admission is free. At the entrance to Cody Park is the Wild West Memorial. This is near the site of the historic Old Glory Blowout, the first spectator rodeo held in 1882, staged by William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody.The focus of the Wild West Memorial...

  • Lincoln County Historical Museum

    The history, heritage and frontier spirit of Western Nebraska are captured at the Lincoln County Historical Museum. I spent a couple of fascinating hours here and would have stayed longer but it was closing time.One of the highlights of the museum is the famous World War II Canteen. The interpretative display details the story of volunteers who for...

  • Scouts Rest Ranch

    William F. Cody, the famed Pony Express rider, Indian fighter, and buffalo hunter turned showman, acquired the nickname "Buffalo Bill" after he killed 4,280 Bison during an eight month period in 1867. He built this barn and ranch, 20 years later, at the height of his popular Wild West Show. He spared no expense. The immense barn, along with the...

  • Union Pacific Rail Yard ,just...

    Union Pacific Rail Yard ,just west of town=400 miles of track. Buffalo Bills Home, North of town. Lake Maloney is 5 miles south of town and there is camping and fishing.Third week of June Nebraska Land Days.

  • The Buffalo Bill Ranch...This...

    The Buffalo Bill Ranch...This activity could have been listed as well in the tourist traps.If that kind of stuff interest you, it is a good time travel back in the old west when Buffalo Bill was roaming the west chasing buffalo. The guy was paid $500 a month and killed 4280 buffalo in 8 months.


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    Saturday October 3, 2009Just around the corner from our Motel was APPLEBEE'S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & GRILL. As it was a Saturday night and there were a few birthday parties going on, the place was packed. We gave our name to the young lady at the door and waited about fifteen minutes to be seated. There was so much going on here - Five big-screen TV's...

  • Merricks Ranch House - east...

    Merricks Ranch House - east 4th st. Whiskey Creek -south end of townThe Depot. 6 th and JeffersThe Airport-East of town on hw 30Merricks =Home cooking and home atmosphere Very resonable pricesWhiskey Creek =Very Good SteaksThe Depot =Good SteakAirport=Good allround food Chicken Fried SteakFried ChickenSteak

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    There is an airport in North...

    by Pierre_Rouss Written Oct 4, 2002

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    There is an airport in North Platte, BUT weather is often unfair and flights are often cancelled since the aircraft are small. I found that flying to Denver and drive the 3.5-4 hours might be a good compromise to sleep another night in North Platte.

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    Fort Cody Trading Post: Souvenirs and a Free Museum

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 30, 2005

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    Fort Cody Trading Post bills itself as the largest souvenir and Western gift store in Nebraska. Built like an old wooden fort, it has been a landmark on the Nebraska plains since 1963.

    Much more than just a gift shop, Fort Cody also offers a free museum which is well worth visiting. Here in the hometown of one of the world's most famous cowboys, Buffalo Bill, the museum features Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in miniature. It is a fascinating 20,000 piece hand-carved, animated display which took more than 12 years to complete. I found it amazing that one man, Ernie Palmquist, could be so dedicated (obsessed) to devote so many years of his life to such a creation. In addition to the Wild West Show display there are other exhibits which include: cowboy gear, Native American handcrafts, guns and more. Fort Cody is open year round and there is no admission charge.

    What to buy: Souvenirs, antiques, leather goods, jewelry and Western gifts.

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North Platte Off The Beaten Path

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    by flappsman Written Oct 4, 2002

    Most people come off the interstate and think all Nebraska is flat . But it is only a long valley you are driving through . If you go north or south from North Platte you will be in big hills called Sand hills. In the Spring they are green but later in the summer they turn brown.There are lots of hidden lakes in the area.

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    American Soldier - Bison Hunter - Showman - BUFFALO BILLE CODY ( Feb 26, 1846 - Jan. 10, 1917) was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West and famous for the shows with Cowboy themes.Cody put together a traveling show and in 1883, in the area of North Platte, he founded "Buffalo Bill's Wild West". Visitors to this spectacle could...


    Located in the southwestern part of the state of Nebraska, NORTH PLATTE is at the intersection of the I-80 and Highway 83.North Platte is a railroad town, as Union Pacific Railroad's large Bailey Yard is located here. Today, North Platte is served only by freight trains. The Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center is an eight story building...

  • North Platte River

    North Platte Nebraska is located on the banks of the North Platte River. The North Platte has it's beginnings among the melting snows of the Colorado Rockies. From there it flows north into Wyoming, before taking a southeastward course into Nebraska. A short distance below the City of North Platte, the North Platte River merges with the South...


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