Larry & Cheryl's 2013 Travels travel blog

Side trip

Nebraska Prairie Museum, a must see

Nebraska famous for farming

. . . and for their German POW camp

Wonderful history

Barbed wire Bison

Close up of barbed wire sculpture

Abstract sculpture of farm implements, a Sandhill Crane

A real (stuffed) Sandhill Crane

Sod House from Rolf's Journal

How to build a Sod House

The crops were destroyed

John Deere's new plow in 1837

He had a booming business by 1849

John dealing with Pittsburg for domestic steel

Many versions of tractors

Beautifully restored McCormick

One of a few old automobiles

. . . and delivery trucks

Scene in a saloon

Historical scenes move through the years

Example of an old filling station

B-1 crashes nearby in 1944

Uniforms of all the military services

WWII POW exhibit

The story unfolds

A mural setting the scene for us as we enter the POW...

Photo of German POW's

The POW uniform

Drawing of Camp Atlanta

Some became entertainers

Entertainment was encouraged

Camp Atlanta held 100,000 POW's

German cooks at camp

Let's go check out town

Look what we found, let's go there

This is how they look when they are found by the owner...

In 1894 when autos were new

First of many as we view cars through the decades

Beautifully restored

Looks like the one in Disney's "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"

So elegant

Classy 1950's

"Oh baby!"

Sorry, out of focus, but lovely

Fancy Caddy's

Don't forget this classic

What ???

On our way back to camp . . .

This Calistoga Wagon attached to the building is being restored

A crop duster at work

Larry says this looks like fun

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.

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