On Monday we took a road trip to Kearney, Nebraska, where I lived from kindergarten to 4th grade. I don’t remember much about the town so it was interesting to see. It’s a really nice town, lots of old brick houses and business buildings, cobblestone streets downtown, a lot of city parks and old tree lined streets. We found the two houses I lived in, one of the elementary schools I went to and the movie theatre my dad started in the mid-80’s. The rest of the tour was pretty much new to me. We only spent the afternoon there (and didn’t get many pictures) but I’d love to go back and hang out for awhile.
Our entrance into town was very patriotic! Flags for all branches of the Armed Services.
The Hilltop 4 Theatres at the Hilltop Mall. My Dad opened this theatre around 1985 and ran it until 1990. We spent a lot of weekends and had a lot of birthday parties here.
A copper bra at a lingerie store downtown.
Just chilling at a coffee shop downtown.
We started the Kearney tour at the Great Platte River Road Archway. We didn’t have time for the tour of the arch but we walked the grounds for awhile. Great Platte River Road Archway
Welcome to Buffalo County.
The Great Platte River Road Archway over I80 in Kearney, Nebraska.
Inside the earthen home at the Archway.
A herd of wire buffalo on the Platte River!
Beautiful day to tour the Great Platte River Road Archway grounds.
The trip up there was pretty fun, too. We took the backroads, as we’re prone to do, and came across a smiling barn, the World’s Largest Ball of Sisal Twine and stumbled across the Geographical Center of the Lower 48 States.
World’s Largest Ball of Sisal Twine, amazing.
That’s a big ball of twine!
Ball of Twine
We stumbled upon the Center of the US!
We found it!
Just when we were starting to get bored with the scenery we came across the happiest barn ever!
The US Center Chapel. The smallest chapel I’ve ever seen.
The US Geologic Center.
This tiny chapel still holds a lot of weddings.
Monument at the Center of the US, carved out of limestone.
Limestone roads and rolling hills.
This guy stopped by just to say hi and welcome since we were from out of state. Korean war vet, lived here his whole life. Very nice gentleman.