Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, Kearney, Nebraska, USA

Experienced the westward expansion of a nation through the eyes of those who lived it. The Archway presents 170 years of America’s westward movement through detailed displays and harrowing stories that you see and hear.

Start at Ft. Kearny in the 1840s where the Oregon Trail converged with the Mormon Trail and California Trail. Here, you’ll immerse yourself in the sights of the historic trails while listening to the stories of the early pioneers. Next, hear the rumble of the Iron Horse on the transcontinental railroad as it passes overhead. Watch a Pony Express rider make a quick stop to change horses as he races to deliver mail across the country.

Listen in as the first transcontinental telegraph transmits the news of the breakout of the Civil War to the West Coast. Finally, traverse the historic Lincoln Highway, catch the newsreel at the drive-in theater and take a break to check on the traffic below in the roadside diner. A perfect stop for a family vacation, this award-winning display can be viewed in under an hour.

Create unforgettable memories at this one of a kind experience that can only happen at The Archway. The Archway is also proud to be an official Nebraska Tourist Information Center.

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