Nebraska Pioneer Museum
, in Holdrege near Kearney, has been on both the Williamson’s and our “Things to See List”, having been recommended by many traveling friends as a “must see”. So off to the museum we all went.
Just about anything historical to do with Nebraska was there: Sod houses, Crops destroyed by grasshoppers in 1876, how John Deere got started, examples of life in Nebraska through the years, a whole room devoted to WWII German POW’s. Here is a link to read more about John Deere
and his discovery of a better plow for the prairie.
The POW display was an amazing piece of history that was unknown to us before this Nebraska experience. There were more than 371,000 German prisoners interned in the United States, with nearly 100,000 in Camp Atlanta from 1943 to its closing in 1946.
Afterwards we ventured over to a private
Classic Car Collection that was pretty amazing. All the cars were gorgeous and looked like they just came off the showroom floor.
On the way back to camp we just had to pull over to check out a Calistoga wagon with oxen attached to a building. It is a business that is being refurbished, but was not open yet. There was a sign that said “Soon to be 100 years old. Please do not touch the oxen or wagon.” We also watched another crop duster at work, only it didn’t look like work, it looked fun. Larry was envious of the pilot.