Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Historic Nebraska

We're in Nebraska today.  Nice state.  Love the views, the farms, the fall foliage, the gorgeous lakes, the history, the horses, etc. 

After breakfast at Denny's we drove to Gothenburg to tour the pony express way station.  The tour guide was excellent and had such a great love of the subject and was quite knowledgeable. 

Then we headed down 80E to the Great Platte River Archway.  We were really pleased with the quality of this stop and the friendliness of the staff and the historical nature of this exhibit.  The tour began with the wagon trail west, 

continued through the railroad days, and ended with the modern roadways connecting east and west.  There was also an excellent exhibit outdoors of the life in an Pawnee Indian village and also the life of a family who had left the east to settle in a sod house in Nebraska and the difficulties they encountered in order to survive under difficult circumstances. 

We ended our touring today at Fort Kearney.  This was a military outpost in Kansas whose main mission was to assistant travelers moving through on their way west.  There was a great video to begin our history lesson, followed by a tour of their museum of artifacts, and ending with a self-guided walking tour of the buildings of the entire fort area. 

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