Zeb and Soapy Love The Archway

Driving through Nebraska, we stopped at The Archway, 3 miles east of Kearney.   The Archway, previously known as the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, (sure glad they shortened that name), is an arch, or bridge, over I-80.

The Archway over I-80 in Nebraska

The Archway over I-80 in Nebraska

This is a museum featuring the westward expansion of the United States and the American people’s fascination with the car and road travel.   Before entering The Archway, we admired this buffalo, a symbol of the American West.

Large buffalo

Large buffalo

Here is a statue of the Martin Brothers.

The Martin Brothers

The Martin Brothers

This sign explains their unusual circumstances.

About the Martin Brothers

About the Martin Brothers being pinned together

We enter The Archway, purchase tickets, receive our included audio program, and ride the long escalator and we are among covered wagons heading west.

Covered wagons were hard work

Covered wagons were hard work

Soon the buffalo herds begin stampeding toward us.

A buffalo stampede

A buffalo stampede

Along the westward trail, we stop to visit some of the Forty-Niners, hoping to find gold in California.

Hoping to get rich in California

Hoping to get rich in California

Many wagons did not complete the trip west.

Disaster struck many wagons

Disaster struck many wagons

The Mormons were a little more organized.

Mormons traveled from Illinois to Utah

Mormons traveled from Illinois to Utah

Now we see a Pony Express rider.

Pony Express Rider

Pony Express Rider

He delivered news of the Civil War from the east coast to San Francisco in only 10 days.   The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad and the driving of the Golden Spike in Utah are also celebrated in The Archway.   The popularity of the personal automobile and the completion of the Lincoln Highway is shown.

The Lincoln Highway changes America

The Lincoln Highway changes America

The Lincoln Highway, or US 30 allowed Americans to drive from New York City to San Francisco.   The road trip was instantly popular.

Ready for the American Road Trip

Ready for the American Road Trip

It still is popular.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, are taking a road trip now.   The drive in movie was a great hit.

The drive -in movie was an instant success

The drive -in movie was an instant success

Another result of the American drivers was the Roadside Cafe.

Roadside Cafe is born

Roadside Cafe is born

We could not imagine a road trip without food available, and so many choices.   The Archway is a great place to stop.   We really think you would enjoy visiting this museum.   And enjoy driving across America.

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