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The five major armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard) as well as the volunteers of the North Platte Canteen are memorialized by larger than life bronze statues. The five major conflicts of the 20th century (World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm) are depicted in a fifteen foot tall brick bas-relief mural. Memorial is free and open 24/7.
Phone: 308-534-1946 Five galleries of top-notch local art work will keep you occupied for a few hours... or all afternoon! The Art and Gift Gallery features everything from pastels to photography, ceramics to woodcarving and everything in between
Phone: 308-535-6772 Starting at the North Platte Recreation Center or a number of other locations, you can enjoy one of North Platte's great off-road hike and bike trails. Another fun trail is the one circling Veterans Memorial Park just south of I80.
Phone: 308-535-6718 Take a walk around the park to feed geese, peacocks, llamas, donkeys, deer, elk and many other critters. Bring your own bread, popcorn or other suitable food or you can purchase hands-full of food from vending machines.
Nebraska’s only National Cemetery, Fort McPherson is the final resting place of veterans of the Spanish American War, Indian Wars, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War and Iraq. Download a copy of the self-guided tour of the historic burials on the website. Established in 1863, the original fort provided protection for the westward trails and the building of the railroad. On March 3, 1873, the Fort McPherson National Cemetery was established, and the remains resting in 23 frontier forts were reinterred here.
The Platte River Valley offers many historic sites associated with the westward trails. You can explore these historic sites in a fun and relaxing afternoon drive. Several of the sites, including the Mormon Trail ruts north of Sutherland and the Oregon Trail ruts at the Sutherland I-80 eastbound rest area feature remnants of these historic trails.
Phone: (308) 696-6740 Penstemon digitalis "Husker Red," developed by Dale Lindgren at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln West Central Research and Extension Center. The gardens are open spring-summer-winter and feature many native plant species.