Great Platte River Road Archway Monument Kearney Nebraska
Now simply known as The Archway, the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument is a museum and monument located over Interstate highway I-80 about 3 miles East of the city of Kearney, Nebraska. The billboard showing the direction to the monument still bears the original name!
It is located a leisurely three hour drive West of Omaha Nebraska on highway I-80. It now has its own exit, 275, just East of Kearney Nebraska but could also be reached through exit 272.
It is unlike any other monument or museum as this structure which is about 300 feet long spans the highway with road traffic running under it.
In a nutshell, it houses exhibits designed to showcase how the West was won! It does this within a two story log structure using murals, artifacts, visual and sound effects and self- guided audio tour of the trails, transcontinental railroad and highways as well as the trials and tribulations of the travelers as they headed west.
There is surrounding greenery, flowers, shrubs and a small lake north of the entrance to the monument. On my prior visit a few years back, I saw some external exhibits of native Nebraskans’ artifacts, tepees and the travelers’ means of survival and effigy of their animals. Some of these exhibits were missing on my recent visit to the monument!
A gift shop within the complex allows you to take home some souvenir featuring handmade native Nebraskan merchandise as well as patriotic, western and archway mementos to remember your visit to the monument.
Just West of the monument is the Nebraska Fireman museum and education center.
Further information is obtainable at archway.org