Collection spans aviation, ultra classic cars, and delicate sculptures
A portrait of museum founder Harold Warp is displayed at Pioneer Village, which celebrates the advances of the 20th century. In the 21st century, however, Warp’s pride and joy has fallen on hard times, with deteriorating attractions, dwindling attendance and a pending, potentially crippling lawsuit.
Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013 12:00 am
MINDEN, Neb. — As he did with many items in his massive historical collection, Harold Warp bought one of the nation’s first jets sight unseen.
He was working at his plastics factory in Chicago when the Bell P-59 Airacomet arrived at Pioneer Village in Minden. His sister Clara, who helped acquire much of the collection, called to say it looked like the plane had been defaced with graffiti. The plane had been displayed outside, and it appeared that people had written their names on it.
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