Two Day Mystery Tour

Two Day Mystery Tour

Day 1

9:00 am – Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Arrive in Maxwell, NE (10 miles east of North Platte on I‐80) where you will stop at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery (Free). Established September 27, 1863, Fort McPherson provided protection for traders, settlers, and the first transcontinental railroad linking the East and West Coast. Today you will find over 6500 veterans buried there along with some Buffalo Soldiers.

10:30 am – Lincoln County Historical Museummystery1a
The Lincoln County Historical Museum features the official North Platte World War II Canteen display, which tells the story of local volunteers who served more than six million servicemen and women thought World War II. A western prairie village, complete with a working blacksmith shop, railroad depot and telegraph, Fort McPherson cabin, Pony Express building, county church, and much more.

11:30 am – Buffalo Bill Ranch
Buffalo Bills legacy lives on at the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. Cost: $2 per person Cody’s elegant Victorian house, built in 1886, and huge barn sits on 258 acres if what was originally a 4,000‐ acre spread that Cody called Scouts Rest Ranch. The barn, built in 1887, now features Wild West show memorabilia, original posers, and movie made of film clips taken at the time the show was touring throughout the United States and Europe.

12:30 pm – Lunch
Lunch at Another Round Sports Bar and Grill

1:45 pm – Fort Cody
Enjoy Fort Cody one of the West’s largest and most unique gift shops. Cost: Free. Antiques, leather goods, jewelry and Western gifts, free Old West Museum. Special attraction: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in miniature ‐ a 20,000 piece, hand carved animated display.

2:30 pm – Veteran’s Memorial
The 20th Century Veterans Memorial Cost: Free is a permanent memorial dedicated to the militarymen and women of the United States. The five major armed services are memorialized by larger than life sized bronze statues. The memorial also features a Walk of Honor lined by thousands of commemorative bricks with the names of our veterans.

3:00 pm – Beef & Wine Tour
When you arrive at the University Of Nebraska West Central Research Center for the start of the Nebraska Beef & Wine Tour: Cost: 55 per person Your group will be greeted with a comfortable hay‐rack-like wagon, where you will board and be transported by a tractor to the first of four stops at the research farm, the greenhouse. Here your group will learn about several of Nebraska’s most notable plants, and will get a firsthand look at state‐of‐the‐art plant research. From there your group will take a short ride to the second stop, the cattle pens. At the cattle pens your group will get access to a special facility were scientist are conducting research that helps ranchers produce the beef that today’s consumer is looking for. They will hear about such innovations as the ear tag technology that tracks every visit to the food trough, documenting the amount of feed that was consumed, helping to determine how to get the most weight gain and produce the best quality beef with the lowest amount of inputs. From the cattle pen the group will head over to the third stop, the wind tunnel. Here they will be shown how researchers are able to simulate farmers spraying and or watering crops and the effect of wind speed. Once we are done there they will be on their way to the final stop in the fields. Here they will learn about the different types of irrigation and the effectiveness of each one, along with new systems being tested.

5:00 pm – Feather River Vineyardmystery2a
From the final stop, your group will be taken back to the motor coach and travel east 7.5 miles to Feather River Vineyard. Here you will have a brief tour of the vineyard, where they will explain some of the challenges of growing and making wine in Nebraska. From the vineyard the group will be escorted into the wine making room. Here your group will be seated for a full meal that includes salad, beef steak, vegetables, and dessert, along with Feather River’s finest wines. Our chef will give you tips on choosing the right cut of beef and will prepare your meal right before your eyes. Our wine experts will discuss pairing beef and wine in way that complements each other.

7:00 pm Group departs for hotel

Day 2

8:00 am – Golden Spike Tower
Golden Spike Tower & Visitor Center tour Cost: $6. Step out onto an eight story enclosed deck and view the world’s largest rail yard, Union Pacific Bailey Yards. North Platte’s newest attraction features an outdoor deck at seven stories, gift shop, educational displays and informational kiosks. www.goldenspiketower.com

9:30 am – Cody Park
Tour Cody Park the sight of the first Wild West Show and the Cody Park Train Museum Cost: Free – The museum features the only Challenger 3900 series steam locomotive on public display, accompanied by a 6900 series diesel locomotive. These two locomotives have a combined horsepower of more than 12,000. Also on display a fully restored railroad depot, several rail cars, and caboose and railroad memorabilia.

10:15 am – Art and Gift Gallery
The Art and Gift Gallery Cost: Free ‐ is a unique cooperative of local artist with five separate galleries and an enclosed courtyard. The Art and Gift Gallery is home to art pieces ranging from wood carvings and pine‐needle baskets to fine sculpture, watercolors, photography and oils.

11:15 am – Dancing Leaf
Leave North Platte for Dancing Leaf Cultural Learning Center in Wellfleet 20 miles south of North Platte.

Arrive at Dancing Leaf and enjoy a lunch consisting of Buffalo Stew. Cost: Tour $7 each and Buffalo Stew $12 each Located on 115 acres of cedar covered canyons along Medicine Creek and includes a spring fed lake, many scenic trails, natural springs, cabins and lots of wild life. Dancing Leaf features an earthen lodge that recreates the upper Republican Culture of 800‐1300 years ago. A tour of this and other archaeological information and artifacts is covered in 90‐minutes. www.dancingleaf.com

Lauren Grabau
Group Tour and Convention Sales Specialist
lgrabau@visitnorthplatte.com