Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

    A 300’ arch spans Interstate 80 and houses a museum and a gift shop. Museum visitors are provided headphones for a fast paced audio tour which features life size dioramas of scenes from the Mormon, Oregon, and California Trails. Over 100 years of travel along the route is portrayed from wagon trails to the interstate.

   The scenes have their own audio effects which are loud and distract from the headphone audio. The noise can be overwhelming. Each scene has additional written information and the audio repeats when you stay in one spot so you can take as much time as you like to see the museum.

   After visiting the museum take a walk around the grounds. A pedestrian bridge crosses a small lake and accesses paved walking trails. Interpretive signs, a sod house, and a Native American earth lodge are located along the trail.

  The museum is accessible. The arch actually has a slight arch so the pathway has an uphill and then a downhill grade. The paved trails are accessible.  Rough paths with loose gravel provide the only access to the houses.

  Long truck/RV spaces are available. RVers and truck drivers may stay overnight but it’s pretty noisy because of the location next to the interstate.
Arch    40.67049, -99.03937

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