STUHR MUSEUM OF THE PRAIRIE PIONEER3133 W. HIGHWAY 34GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA 68801PHONE (308) 385-5316
Situated on 200 acres in Grand Island, Nebraska, the Stuhr Museum
of the Prairie Pioneer is a living-history museum that has been de picting late
19th-century life on the prairie since 1960. The building, which introduces visitors to
the inspiring story of the men and women who settled the Great Plains, contains two art
galleries, a museum shop, and an auditorium where visitors can view "Land of the
Prairie Pioneer," a short film that provides an overview of the museum's attractions.
After a visit to the main building, visitors can move on to the living-history museum and visit the 40-acre Railroad Town, a re-created 1880's prairie town modeled after the communities that developed along the Union Pacific Railroad's rights-of-way. Complete with 60 shops, homes, and buildings, many of which have been moved to the site, restored, and decorated with period furnishings, Railroad Town features a train depot and a bustling business district. Costumed merchants and housewives as well as a blacksmith and a marshal stroll the grounds, relating their stories and memories of life on the plains.
Visitors can also tour the railroad and the antique farm machinery and auto exhibits and visit a complex of eight structures (circa 1857-1867) that re-create one of the rural "road ranches" that were built along the pioneer trail to service travelers heading west. An arboretum is also open, weather permitting.
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