Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

Buffalo statue paid for by....Ted Turner

Authentic grass lodge

Inside a sod house


Into the time tunnel

Guess I could have helped her push

Oregon or bust. Many did

It was a bone chilling winter for the Mormans

It was a rough ride according to Mark Twain

The nations first highway?

Camping in style

I 80 is open

Panoramic mural tells the story

Really cool fire trucks

Good venue

Fire fighters memorial

Frank house

Build it and they will come

What a fantastic day! We started at the Great Platt River Road Archway Monument in Kearney NB. This was the wild west as a stopover point on the Oregon, Mormon and 49'er trails (wagon trains). The historical marker tells of General Sherman (fan to the south) saying this town held nothing for the good man. It was filled with men and women of disrepute. The Archway crosses over I 80 and takes you through all the history of this area in a wonderful depiction. We wore headphones as the story was told from the beginning to now. Then we watched western dressed characters perform right in front of us. WOW! We went on to the Fire Fighters museum and learned a lot about fire fighting. The Dalmation was part of all firehouses because as a breed they get along well with horses (which pulled the early fire equipment) and kept other dogs away from the horses when they were at a fire. From there we went to the Frank House on the campus of University of Nebraska Kearney. This is a beautifully restored 14,000 sq. ft. home made of red stone. We had a very nice college co-ed take us on a tour. Turns out this Frank guy was born and raised in Warsaw NY. Our guide told us she didn't know where in NY that was but we do. I told her we both lived in Warsaw when we first were married!!Then on to Cabelas Sporting goods for water proof hiking boots for Shirley and deck shoes for me. We were very disappointed in this store. It was supposed to rival Bass Pro Shop stores with the scenery inside but it looked more like a Walmart, which was next. Brought groceries and back to camp to chill. Going to be 100 today. Church, more museums and swimming. Enjoy the pics.

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