Kearney arch may be too big to fail
Curly Ladd, a re-enactor at the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument near Kearney, Neb., waits for visitors so he can share with them the story of young Johnny Hodges' escape from a Sioux Indian attack. The Archway Foundation has a plan for rescuing the Interstate 80 attraction, bankrupt and more than $20 million in debt.
Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013 12:00 am
KEARNEY, Neb. — Tattered cloth clings to the frame of an abandoned Conestoga wagon. A damaged piano slouches nearby, its keys pounded only by the sun. A man and two children bow their heads over a loved one's grave.
The exhibit within the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument drives home a singular point: Not all pioneers discovered Eden as they journeyed west. Some dreams of success died along the way.
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