Last updated: January 26, 2023
Food/Drink - Vending Machine/Self Service, Gifts/Souvenirs/Books, Grill, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information, Picnic Table, Restroom, Trailhead, Water - Drinking/Potable, Wheelchair Accessible
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Stretching for 310 feet, The Archway is a unique trail-themed building that spans the Oregon Trail, now part of Interstate 80. Emigrants who used the Oregon Trail settled in numerous places, including throughout Nebraska. This amount grew as land was increasingly claimed in Oregon. Soon, towns formed along the Trail in several locations and they used the Oregon Trail for local transportation.
As time passed in this part of Nebraska, trains replaced wagons and parts of the Oregon Trail became a railroad. Later still, automobiles replaced trains and the Oregon Trail became a road. First, it was the rugged Lincoln Highway and then it was further developed and turned into today's Interstate 80.
The Archway tells this story of 170 years of westward movement with detailed displays, family activities, education programs, and more. Amenities include a gift shop, a theater, and a snack bar. Modest admission is charged.
Location (I-80 Exit 275 near Kearney, Nebraska)