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Great Platte River Archway

Designed by a Walt Disney team, The Archway spans more than 300 feet over Interstate 80 west of Kearney, Nebraska and weighs nearly 1,500-tons.[1] The Archway takes visitors along the trails, rails, highways and superhighways in a self-guided audio tour that includes stories of the travelers along the way.[1] The show starts in the 1840s with the Mormon trail, Oregon trail and California trail that converged at the nearby Fort Kearny before heading west. As visitors progress through the exhibit, the displays of different time periods feature a buffalo stampede, the Mormon Handcart Expedition, gold seekers, the Pony Express, the telegraph, the transcontinental railroad, the Lincoln Highway, a drive-in movie and a 1950s cafe.[1] A new exit (Exit 275) immediately east of The Archway provides easy access. Exit 272 (to Kearney) also provides access to The Archway.

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Gateway Arch

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Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

Designed by a Walt Disney team, The Archway spans more than 300 feet over Interstate 80 west of Kearney, Nebraska and weighs nearly 1,500-tons.[1] The Archway takes visitors along the trails, rails, highways and superhighways in a self-guided audio tour that includes stories of the travelers along the way.[1] The show starts in the 1840s with the Mormon trail, Oregon trail and California trail that converged at the nearby Fort Kearny before heading west. As visitors progress through the exhibit, the displays of different time periods feature a buffalo stampede, the Mormon Handcart Expedition, gold seekers, the Pony Express, the telegraph, the transcontinental railroad, the Lincoln Highway, a drive-in movie and a 1950s cafe.[1] A new exit (Exit 275) immediately east of The Archway provides easy access. Exit 272 (to Kearney) also provides access to The Archway.

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Valentine, Nebraska

Valentine, Nebraska, Stopped here for lunch, I was interested in how this small town, pop. 2700, got it's name. From a "google" search I found out it was named after a Nebraska Representative named Valentine.

Valentine participates in an annual re-mailing program where thousands of pieces of mail flow into the local post office so that they can be re-mailed with a special Valentine's Day postmark and verse.

I checked the notable people who lived here: Listed was Patrick Deuel, one of the fattest people in the world. weighing in at 1,072 pounds!. At one point he had not left his house and bed, in Valentine, in seven years. I remember his story on a TV show documentary "Half Ton Man".

Valentine, Nebraska

Valentine, Nebraska


Hearts on the side walk

Hearts on the side walk


Valentine Photo

Valentine Photo


So Cute!

So Cute!


Windmill

Windmill


Western Wear Store

Western Wear Store


Horse Statue

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Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

I was really excited to tour this place, it is home to 600 Mustangs running free on over 13,000 acres of private land in Hot Springs, South Dakota. In 1988, Dayton Hyde, founder, raised, by the skin of his teeth, enough money for a down payment on this land. He convinced the Bureau of Land Management to send him its unadoptable wild horses. It didn't disappoint, such a beautiful place, especially that they had more rainfall than normal and everything is so green. Its like going back in time, with miles and miles of endless open land with the Cheyenne river flowing through it and all these rescued horses, some born in the wild, some Sanctuary born, every direction you look! They have American, Spanish, Curly & Choctaw Mustangs. The Native American Indian consider this land sacred and they are allowed to use a section of the ranch for their yearly Ceremonies. We weren't allowed to enter this area, but we drove close to it. The tree of life, in the center, with prayer ties and prayer flags was still there.

Not far from this site is a cliff area with ancient Petroglyphs of varying ages. Native Americans etched drawings in the stone and pioneers followed the tradition. Many of the names and dates are from the 1800's & early 1900's, can be traced to families that still live in the area. There is also an area that was used for filming movies. TNT FILM recreated Fort Robinson, Nebraska there for the made-for-TV movie, Crazy Horse. Also parts of the movie "Hidalgo".

We stayed for lunch in their small café. I had my first buffalo hotdog! Jin wasn't too thrilled about this choice for lunch, not many vegetarian items on the menu!

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Buffalo Hot Dog or Burger, anyone?

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