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Spanning I-80 at Exit 275, the Archway offers a unique historical exhibit that brings American history to life and so much more.

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ABOUT US

Since it opened in the year 2000, the Archway has stood as an enduring tribute to the adventurers who traveled the Great Platte River Road though Nebraska and helped to build America. Over the years, we have welcomed and inspired over 1.5 million visitors with our story.

The Archway celebrates the American spirit of adventure.

Our Mission

The visitors to the Archway will experience the courageous adventure of the Great Platte River Road in the settlement of the American West.

Staff Members

Kellie Risk
Guest Services/Volunteer Coordinator
krisk@archway.org
Kara Stevens
Retail Operations
kstevens@archway.org
Jill Epley
Event Coordinator
jepley@archway.org
Sharmond R. Loeffler
Assistant Director
sloeffler@archway.org
Mark Foradori
Marketing Coordinator
mforadori@archway.org

What’s Happening

Need the latest on The Archway? With our newsletter, guests and supporters can read about the latest events The Archway hosted as well as upcoming events, recent press releases and announcements. Please contact Marketing Coordinator Mark Foradori (308.237.1000 | mforadori@archway.org) with any questions.

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Jim Salestrom live, now, at the Archway. Join us for performances at 1,3, and 5pm on this Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at the door. ... See MoreSee Less

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This morning, we were honored to welcome crew members from the USS Nebraska to the Archway. Just one of many adventures they will have while getting to know the state for which their ship is named. Make a visit to the Archway part of your adventure. Learn more at archway.org/ ... See MoreSee Less

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Jim Salestrom: Tribute to Buffalo Bill

Start date: June 13, 2019

End date: June 16, 2019

Time: 1:00pm and 3:00pm each day

Jim Salestrom: Tribute to Buffalo Bill

Join us for a Tribute to Buffalo Bill performed by Kearney’s own Jim Salestrom.  This multi-media presentation includes songs from the Buffalo Bill era, images from his Wild West Show, and stories about the internationally acclaimed showman Buffalo Bill Cody.  Admission to the performance is $10/each. Student admission is $7/each.  Tickets are available for purchase at the door or in advance at the Archway Shop or online by clicking the link to the left.

Jim Salestrom: Tribute to John Denver

Start date: June 13, 2019

End date: June 16, 2019

Time: 5:00pm each day

Jim Salestrom: Tribute to John Denver

Join Kearney’s own Jim Salestrom for this tribute to his friend John Denver.  Salestrom played banjo and sang backing vocals on Denver’s Different Directions album and performed in concert with John Denver.  Admission for this special show is $10/each.  Admission for students is $7/each.  Tickets are available for purchase at the door or in advance at the Archway Shop or online by clicking the link to the left.

Archie’s All-American Adventure Day-Camp

Start date: June 17, 2019

End date: June 20, 2019

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Archie’s All-American Adventure Day-Camp

Part of the Archway’s Day Camping Through The Decades program, Archie’s All-American Adventure Day-Camp combines a little history with a lot of fun.  Participants will meet historical characters from the period 1910-1950, learn to play vintage games and enjoy crafts and group activities.  Day Camping Through the Decades is designed for students in grades K-5.  The cost is $35/student.

To register, call Jill at (308) 237-1000 or click the link on the left.

Family Fishing Adventure

Date: June 18, 2019

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Family Fishing Adventure

The Archway teams up with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to present this evening fishing event that the whole family will enjoy.  Join us for fishing on the Archway ponds.  No experience or equipment is required.  We’ll provide fishing poles and tackle along with coaching for beginners. The event is free and no registration is needed.

If you need additional information, contact Jill at (308) 237-1000

Archie’s “Old School” Adventure Day-Camp

Start date: June 24, 2019

End date: June 27, 2019

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Archie’s “Old School” Adventure Day-Camp

Part of the Archway’s Day Camping Through The Decades program, Archie’s “Old School” Adventure Day-Camp combines a little history with a lot of fun.  Participants will meet historical characters from the 1950s – today, learn to play “old school” games and enjoy crafts and group activities.  Day Camping Through the Decades is designed for students in grades K-5.  The cost is $35/student.

To register, call Jill at (308) 237-1000 or click the link on the left.

Old-Fashioned 4th of July at the Archway

Date: July 1, 2019

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Old-Fashioned 4th of July at the Archway

Participants will step back in time to celebrate our nation’s birth with old-fashioned children’s games, patriotic songs, and hands-on activities.  We’ll enjoy an old-fashioned 4th of July picnic and even a parade!  At the end of the day, we’ll all join in performing a special patriotic program for families and friends.  Old-Fashioned 4th of July is presented in partnership with Crane River Theater.

Designed for children in grades K-5.  Monday July 1 from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  Registration opens on April 1.

Presented with the support of the Peter Kiewit Foundation, the Arram Family Foundation, the Theodore G. Baldwin Foundation and First National Bank.

 

Archie’s KPR Adventure Day-Camp for Ages 5-6

Start date: July 8, 2019

End date: July 11, 2019

Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Archie’s KPR Adventure Day-Camp for Ages 5-6

The Archway teams up the Kearney Park and Rec Department to present this exciting day-camp opportunity.  Participants will tour the Archway’s historical exhibit, conquer the Trail Blaze Maze, collect fossils and gems at the Archway Mining Company, go on a scavenger hunt on the Archway’s outdoor campus, feed the fish in the Archway’s pond, and more.

The morning session is designed for children aged 5-6.  The cost is $28/child. Register at link provided.  The activity number is #118-1.

Archie’s KPR Adventure Day-Camp for Ages 7-10

Start date: July 8, 2019

End date: July 11, 2019

Time: 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Archie’s KPR Adventure Day-Camp for Ages 7-10

The Archway teams up the Kearney Park and Rec Department to present this exciting day-camp opportunity.  Participants will tour the Archway’s historical exhibit, conquer the Trail Blaze Maze, “pan” for fossils and gems at the Archway Mining Company, go on a scavenger hunt on the Archway’s outdoor campus, feed the fish in the Archway’s pond, and more.

The afternoon session is designed for children aged 7-10.  The cost is $28/child. Register at link provided.  The activity number is #118-2.

Soda Fountain Sundae

Date: July 14, 2019

Time: 2:30pm

Soda Fountain Sundae

National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree Joan Wells brings her History of Trick Roping and the Wild West Show presentation to the Archway for Soda Fountain Sundae.  So, saddle up and head on over for this free presentation.

Following the performance, join us for root beer floats served from our vintage soda fountain.  Admission to the performance is free.  Donations for root beer floats are welcome.

Family Fishing Adventure

Date: July 16, 2019

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Family Fishing Adventure

The Archway teams up with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to present this evening fishing event that the whole family will enjoy.  Join us for fishing on the Archway ponds.  No experience or equipment is required.  We’ll provide fishing poles and tackle along with coaching for beginners. The event is free and no registration is needed.

If you need additional information, contact Jill at (308) 237-1000

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Experience the American Spirit of Adventure

Since prehistoric times, the path along the Platte River through Nebraska, once known as the Great Platter River Road, has served as a migratory route across the continent. From the Oregon Trail era to today, the Archway brings the story of the Great Platte River Road to life.

The heart of the Archway experience is our historical exhibit that pays tribute to the American spirit of adventure. Using life size figures and personal audio guides, the Archway tells the story of the building of America. At the Archway, you’ll walk with the pioneers over the Oregon Trail. Watch a rider switch horses at a Pony Express Station. Hear Mark Twain’s account of a cross country stage coach trip. Relive the driving of the “Golden Spike” that united the nation’s railroads. Visit a traveler’s campground to hear stories of life on “America’s Main Street,” the Lincoln Highway.

Spanning I-80, today’s coast-to-coast travel corridor, at Exit 275, the Archway celebrates the lives of all of the adventurers who follow the river’s path, those of the past, who helped to build our nation, and those of today, who will shape our future.

Archway Origins

The Archway was originally conceived by Frank Morrison, the 31st Governor of Nebraska, who served from 1961-1967. It was his dream to create an enduring monument to the adventurers who followed the Great Platte River Road and helped to build America.

Imagine the daring and determination of the people who first traveled the Oregon Trail, the high-spirited adventure of racing to California during the Gold Rush of 1849, the devotion of the Mormons who moved west in search of religious freedom, the entrepreneurial spirit that lead to the creation of the Pony Express, the industry that built the Transcontinental Railroad and the cooperative effort that lead to the creation of “America’s Main Street,” the Lincoln Highway and the Interstate Highway System. Individuals of vision and courage found ways to work together to turn their dreams into reality and to contribute to an enterprise that was much bigger than themselves. The Archway tells this evocative story and seeks to inspire current day adventurers to face today’s challenges with courage and tenacity in order to continue to build a nation in which we can all take justifiable pride.

The Archway’s Innovative Structure

The Archway’s historical exhibit, shop, theater and event room are housed in a dramatic structure that spans I-80 at Exit 275. The building’s exterior was designed to emulate a covered bridge. The colors on the arch’s surface represent those of a Midwest sunrise.

Talk about American ingenuity! The engineers in charge of building the Archway were faced with the challenge of erecting a 1,500 ton structure that would eventually be suspended above one of the most heavily traveled highways in the Midwest without impeding the regular flow of traffic.

They decided that the best way to accomplish their task would be to build the two supporting towers on either side of the highway and build the arch portion of the structure separately, at ground level, near the highway. When all of the elements were ready, the most complex segment of the project was implemented. First, using hydraulic jacks, the arch section of the building was lifted 22.5 feet in the air. Then, it was jacked horizontally on to heavy duty, self-propelled modular transporters that would carry the structure across the highway. The process of lifting the structure on to the transporters took eight days.

On August 16, 1999, a section of the interstate was closed and at 10:00pm, the transporters began their work of slowly moving the structure across the highway. By 6:00am on August 17, the arch segment was in place over concrete abutment walls that are 60 feet long, 25 feet tall and 2 feet thick.   The arch segment was welded into place and finishing work began. The Archway opened for visitors on June 9, 2000. Since that time, over 1.5 million visitors have toured the historic exhibit and have been inspired by the Archway spirit of adventure.

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