Branson, Missouri

I spent less than 24 hours in Branson, Missouri.  It was a stop as I headed south.  Even though, I did not see any shows I did see some interesting items.

The first stop was the wax museum. Why is Jeannie so interesting? I just spent the last nine months with the TV tuned to I Dream of Jeannie to keep the morning news from ruining the day.

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I did find some interesting items at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

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The fountain at the Branson Landing were entertaining. A relaxing ending to a busy day.

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Krispy Kreme Donuts!!!! Notice the sign that indicated HOT Donuts. As soon as I walked in the door the worker handed me a HOT donuts. That was the best donut that I have eaten in the past decade.

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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.
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The Archway

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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The little added pieces provided an excellent enhancement.

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

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

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Even the creepy, crawly turned out beautiful.

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Some pieces should their whimsical side.

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Other pieces showed their creativity.

Fantasy of Trees

This is the 28th year that the Stuhr Museum has held the Fantasy of Trees.  Local organizations and community member displays decorated trees.

I took the opportunity to view the trees this year.

I also brought with me my new 360 camera.  This is just a test to see how it come out.

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer

The Stuhr Museum, located in Grand Island, NE, was established in 1961.  Since then it has been collecting and restoring objects and information related to the Nebraska prairie life between the time period of 1840 – 1920.  I have been to other living history museums and this one is one of the best.

In their main building they have objects which takes you through the history of prairie life in Nebraska.

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Stuhr Museum Main Building

Windmill

Windmill

Outside the main building you will find ducks and fish swimming in the pond.

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Pond

Pon

There is a garden you can walk through to access the Railroad Town. If you go during the last spring or summer, you can see the daylilies in bloom.

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While visiting the Stuhr Museum, don’t miss Railroad Town.  It has old trains to tour and numerous historical buildings that has been preserved.  If you visit on the correct days, you can see demos from the hat maker, blacksmith, tin smith and carpenter.  There are several houses you can tour.

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While visiting the Railroad Town, stop by the General Store for some handmade items and the Restaurant for some ice cream.

As you are exploring Stuhr Musuem, watch you step there are many of ducks and goose around.

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