Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Located at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is the home of J. Sterling Morton, who is the founded Arbor Day. The home features furniture and art work that is original to the home. It also has an original Tiffany Window that take 15 men to open it.

J. Sterling Morton is the father of Joy Morton who founded the Morton Salt Company.

Arbor Day Farms

I finally got to visit Arbor Day Farms.  It has been on my stop list during previous travel adventures, but something always happened and I had to readjust my plans.  Now, my only regret is that I was not able to spend more time here.  A few hours does not allow you to explore the entire area.

Arbor Day Farms is the birthplace of Arbor Day.  Julius Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska in 1954 and decided to start planting trees.


The Archway

Along I-80, in about the middle of Nebraska, crossing the Interstate, erected high, stands the Archway.


Inside the Archway is a museum that covers the history of the Great Plains of Nebraska. From the settlers, to building of the interstate, through today’s modern history.


Outside on the west side, is a maze that resembles a fort. It probably depicts Fort Kearney, which is only a few miles away.


Across the bridge there are sculptures of bison and walking trails that will take you to Kearney or the Fort Kearney State Historical Park.




Art Show

I attended the Art Show of some very talented students from the Hall County area of Grand Island, NE. The event was held at the Sturh Museum. These are just a few of the hundreds items on display. Their parents and teachers should be proud.


The students put in a lot of time and effort on each piece.


The little added pieces provided an excellent enhancement.


Many of the students showed that they had a steady hand and a lot of patience.


Transforming one dot at a time into a work of art.


Even the creepy, crawly turned out beautiful.


Some pieces should their whimsical side.


Other pieces showed their creativity.