North Platte

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North Platte is a city in Nebraska. With a population of just under 25,000, North Platte is the largest community in Lincoln County, located in west central Nebraska.

Understand[edit]

In November of 1868, the rails of the Union Pacific Railroad reached the location of what is now known as North Platte. Situated between the North and South Platte rivers, just west of the confluence, the town was named by a flip of a coin to determine between North Platte and South Platte. North Platte was incorporated as a city in 1873.

In 1882, Col. Wm. F. Cody, known to the world as "Buffalo Bill", responded to the calls of local civic leaders and produced an Independence Day celebration known as the "Old Glory Blowout". He later developed this into his famed Wild West Show which toured throughout the world. The home he built while living in North Platte, known as Scouts Rest Ranch, is now a state historical park and is open to tour.

North Platte could have gone the way of many small towns in rural Nebraska, becoming a sleepy backwater, except for native Bill Jeffers. Jeffers rose from a "call boy" for Union Pacific, to become president of the railroad. He chose his home town of North Platte to build a reclassification yard. Union Pacific's Bailey Yard is now the largest railroad classification yard in the world. Nearly 4,000 employees service more than 150 trains per day, totaling nearly 15,000 rail cars.

During World War II, North Platte became famous for the North Platte Canteen. Volunteers met in early December 1941 at the Depot to greet what they thought was a train load of local troops headed for war. When the train stopped, it turned out to be carrying boys from Kansas instead of North Platte. After they got over their disappointment, townspeople offered all of the goodies they had collected to the Kansas boys. From this humble beginning, on Christmas day 1941, the North Platte Canteen opened it's doors. For the next 52 months, volunteers met every single troop train that came through town, day or night. By April 1, 1946, this all-volunteer effort had served more than 6.5 million service personnel.

Get in[edit]

The primary means of getting to North Platte is Interstate 80, which runs east-west; US 83 serves as the primary north-south route. Lincoln is three hours east on I-80; Cheyenne is 3 hours west on I-80; Denver is four hours west on I-80 and I-76.

North Platte Regional Airport [1]is served by Great Lakes Aviation with connecting flights to Denver International Airport.

Get around[edit]

Most people get around North Platte by car, but you can also explore the city by bicycle, using the streets and highways, or the extensive network of trails.

See[edit]

  • Bailey Yard:. Immediately west of North Platte on US 30. The world's largest railroad classification yard.
  • Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center1249 Homestead Road. Grand opening scheduled for May 2008. 120' tower with two observation decks overlooking Bailey Yard, the world's largest railroad classification yard.
  • Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historic Park2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Rd (1 mile west of North Platte),  +1 308-535-8035. Home of "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Nebraska state park vehicle entry permit required ($3 for day permit/$17 for annual permit).
  • Lincoln County Historical Museum2403 N. Buffalo Bill Ave (1 mile west of North Platte, and just around the corner from Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park),  +1 308-534-5640. Home of the display of the North Platte Canteen. Open seasonally May - October, $3.00.
  • Cody Park Railroad Museum 1400 N. Jeffers (North Highway 83) Home of only 3900 Series "Challenger" steam engines on public display. Also a 6900 Diesel Engine - the largest locomotive ever made. Free admission.
  • Cody Park Wild West Memorial 1400 N. Jeffers (North Highway 83). Cody Park is near the site of the 1882 Old Glory Blowout, the forerunner of Cody's Wild West Show. Larger-than-life statue donated to North Platte by the United Kingdom, surrounded by flags of foreign countries and U.S. states in which the Wild West Show toured. Free admission.
  • America's 20th Century Veterans Memorial +1 308-532-6579. 2811 S. Jeffers (At the junction of Interstate 80 and Highway 83). Honoring all U.S. veterans in the 20th century. Memorial bricks for veterans still available. Open 24 hours.
  • North Platte Area Children's Museum 314 N. Jeffers (Near the center of town). Many unique and interactive exhibits. Wednesday & Friday 10AM – 3PM, Thursday – 10AM – 5PM Sunday – 1PM – 5PM, Admission: $2.50 per person daily, FREE – Under Age 2, Group Rates Available. +1 308-532-3512.
  • Art and Gift Gallery, 516 N. Dewey, +1 308-534-1946 (in downtown shopping district). Five galleries of original art by local artists, sculpture garden. Periodic workshops by local artists or nationally acclaimed professional artists. Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm.
  • Feather River Vineyards5600 East State Farm Road +1 308 534-1538. Their most recent plantings make Feather River the largest vineyard in the state. The vineyard is open for private parties and group tours. Tents are available to enjoy your party at the vineyard or in the midst of the grape vines. Seasonal activities include picnics, hayrack rides and sleigh rides.
  • North Platte/Lincoln County Convention and Visitors Bureau: The CVB maintains a comprehensive list of attractions, events, lodging and dining establishments, [2]. 219 S. Dewey, +1 308-532-4729, +1-800 955-4528.

Do[edit]

  • NEBRASKAland DAYS. Is Nebraska's official state celebration. It is held the second week in June each year and features the Buffalo Bill PRCA Rodeo, concerts, a Frontier Revue, parades, and many other events.
  • North Platte Community Playhouse. The, Town Hall Lecture Series and Community Concert Series each bring four performances to North Platte each year.
  • Cody Go-Karts +1 308-534-8277. I-80 & Highway 83 on Halligan Drive, Go-carts, water slides, bumper boats, miniature golf, kiddie rides. Memorial day through Labor day, 10am - 10pm.
  • Country Bluegrass Show. Is held every year the last weekend in April at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Running from Wednesday to Saturday, it features top bluegrass performers from around the country.
  • Stock Car Races every Saturday night May through August at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, starting at 7pm.
  • The Miss Nebraska Scholarship Pageant is held annually in North Platte the first week of June, just preceding NEBRASKAland DAYS. Beautiful women from across Nebraska compete in various categories to be chosen Miss Nebraska.
  • Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant is held in conjunction with the Buffalo Bill PRCA Rodeo during NEBRASKAland DAYS. These young women, many from ranching families, compete in many events, including horsemanship for the title of Miss Rodeo Nebraska.
  • The Mexican Fiesta is held the first weekend of NEBRASKAland DAYS each year and celebrates the Mexican heritage of many of the area's families. Events include lots of music and food, and a queen contest.
  • North Platte Woodcarvers Artistry in Wood Show features many woodcarvers from throughout Nebraska and the great plains. Usually held in conjunction with NEBRASKAland DAYS.
  • Heritage Festival is a production of the Lincoln County Historical Museum and features antique farm implements and practices, as well as many of the practices used in making a home by the first pioneers of the area. Reenactors in period costumes. Usually held in conjunction with NEBRASKAland DAYS.
  • North Platte Rail Fest. Scheduled for September 18, 19 and 20 2009, the Rail Fest will celebrate the importance of Union Pacific Railroad to the community of North Platte, the settlement of the nation and the economy of the state and nation.
  • North Platte Honky Tonk BBQ Festival. May 7 and 8, 2010 at the Wild West Arena. Live music, beer garden, competitive bbq cooking.

Buy[edit]

  • Whatever you do, when you go through North Platte on either Interstate 80 or Highway 83, do NOT buy your gas at the first two stations south of the Interstate at exit 177. If you do, please note that the advertised prices flashing on their brightly-lighted signs will ONLY be available on one or two pumps! If you don't pay attention, you will be paying some of the highest prices for gas along the Interstate. Advice: Go north into town a couple of blocks and you will find reasonable prices.

Antique Stores[edit]

  • ANTIQUE EMPORIUM2019 East 4th +1 308-532-3404. Specialties for Antique Emporium are: General Line Antiques & more
  • GRANDMA’S MEMORIES ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES806 N. Jeffers +1 308-534-8781fax: +1 308 532-7004. Specialties for Grandma’s are: General Line Antiques & more
  • THE HAYLOFT2006 E. 4th +1 308-532-1300fax: +1 308-532-1300. A personable home owned and operated Antique Store. Clean and comfortable with rest rooms and large spacious parking. Specialties for The Hayloft are: General Line Antiques
  • RED ROOF ANTIQUES301 W Eugene Ave +1 308-532-4841, +1 308-530-9248fax: +1 308-532-4841. Specialties for Red Roof Antiques are: Advertising, Americana, Architectural Antiques, Art, Art Deco, Art Glass, Books, Clocks, Crocks, Depression Dishes, Dolls, European, Figurines, Fine China, Flatware, Furniture, General Line Antiques, Gifts, Glassware, Jewelry, Linens, Military, Miniatures, Multiple Dealers, Oak, Pine, Post Cards, Pottery, Primitives, Quilts, Sports Cards, Tools, Toys, Victorian, Vintage Clothing Walnut, & Western.
  • STEELE’S ANTIQUE620 North Vine St +1 308-532-8173. By chance or appointment, Specialty for Steele’s Antique: furniture.

Art Galleries[edit]

  • Art & Gift Gallery, 516 N. Dewey +1 308-534-1946, The Gallery is a showcase for the original work of West Central Nebraska regional artists. Featured are five large gallery rooms and an outdoor sculpture garden where you have the opportunity to view the work in a leisurely atmosphere. Workshops are also hosted by artist members or nationally acclaimed professional artists. Guided tours for classrooms and conventions are also available. Mediums include porcelain, jewelry, pottery, oil, watercolor, wood carvings, sculpture, and much, much more. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11AM - 4PM
  • Cinda's Accents506 N Jeffers St. +1 308-532-5060, e-mail: . Cinda's specializes in custom framing, specialty gifts, and a Gallery of artwork.

Bookstores[edit]

  • A to Z Bargain Books507 N Jeffers St +1 308-534-0140. A to Z Books has been in business in North Platte for 25 years, and is the largest book store between Lincoln and Denver. A to Z offers customers a rich, warm and comforting atmosphere. The store is located in Downtown North Platte along Hwy 83 with 4000 sq ft of used books-paperbacks and hardbacks-which they buy, sell and trade. Open Monday-Thursday 10AM to 6PM, Friday 10AM to 5PM and Saturday from 10AM to 4PM. Hosts an "open-mic" night on the 2nd and 4th Fridays. A popular spot for local writers and musicians.
  • Bible Supplies, 1923 W A St, +1 308-532-4199.
  • Shepherds, 504 N Dewey, +1 308-534-6060.

Crafts[edit]

  • Ben Franklin1927 West A St +1 308-532-0844.
  • The Quilt Rack101 West Front Street. Store Hours Monday through Friday - 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday - 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday - 1 - 4 pm, 308-532-2606, North Platte's only full-service quilt shop complete with on-line shopping.
  • Scrappin with Style +1 308-534-6867. 413 N Dewey, scrapping supplies, bead dept., unique gifts, greeting cards, yarn & knitting supplies.

Gift, Collectibles & Specialty Shops[edit]

  • Fort Cody Trading Post +1 308-532-8081. I-80 & Highway 83. Old West museum and animated 20,000 piece hand-carved miniature Wild West Show. Gifts and Souvenirs. Open year-round except Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years. Summer hours are 8AM to 9PM, 7 days a week. The rest of the year 9AM to 5:30PM, Monday through Saturday, and 12 Noon to 6PM on Sunday.
  • Fantasy Gifts501 Easy St +1 308-534-5929. Full costume department, paintball supplies, novelty gifts, NFL & Nascar merchandise.
  • Country Joy1013 Cottonwood St +1 308-532-8462.
  • Jared Floral, 1220 S Cottonwood, +1 308-534-2500.
  • Rustic Traditions671 East Halligan Drive +1 308-534-5795. Fine Western furnishing and unique home accents.
  • It's All That402 N. Dewey St +1 308-534-6796. Nebraska foods & candies, gourmet foods, customized gift baskets, jewelry, and candles.
  • Midwest Screen Print206 N Jeffers St +1 308-534-7012. Screen printing & embroidery along with fun fashions.

Western Wear[edit]

Eat[edit]

You'll find just about every fast food place and many of the chain restaurants in North Platte that you will in the rest of the country. These are some of the best local restaurants.

  • Anchor Inn711 East North Lake Road +1 308 532-1303. At Lake Maloney.


  • Cold Stone Creamery, 402 East Leota, Phone: +1 308 534-5429.
  • Depot Chop House and the Rail Bar520 North Dewey +1 308 534-7844.
  • Main Street Cafe517 North Dewey +1 308 534-0922. a cafeteria-style restaurant.
  • Espresso Shoppe419 North Dewey +1 308 534-9550. a great coffee house and lunch place, sometimes entertainment on weekend evenings.
  • Fisherman's Cove109 North Lake Maloney (at the inlet of Lake Maloney),  +1 308 532-2128.
  • Frontier Resort Cafe600 Frontier Drive +1 308 532-2128. Right on the lakefront at Lake Maloney.
  • King Buffet and Mongolian Grill, 402 East Leota, Suite #1.
  • Merrick's Ranch House1220 East Fourth Street +1 308 532-8200. A completely smoke-free restaurant.
  • Oriental and American House of Food510 North Jeffers +1 308 534-0422.
  • Tempura Japanese Restaurant221 East Sixth Street +1 308 532-0711.


Drink[edit]

  • The Canteen Bar and Grill inside the Quality Inn & Suites location, 2102 S Jeffers, +1 308-535-6168, contains memorabilia of the WW II North Platte Canteen.
  • Touchdown Club at the Cedar Bowl, 1100 S Jeffers, +1 308-535-0212, Has many Sports Paraphernalia in display cases much of it is Nebraska Cornhusker items.
  • There are many bars which are local favorites, including
  • Brothers, 215 E 6th, +1 308-534-3670
  • Kelsey's Place219 Rodeo Rd +1 308-534-2036.
  • Dave's Place1510 East 4 St +1 308-532-3922.
  • The House Bar, 1601 E 4 St, 308-535-0212
  • The Hub Bar, 702 N Jeffers, 308-532-5030
  • Snapper's Lounge located inside the Royal Colonial Inn, 1402 S Jeffers, 308-534-3630
  • Anchor Inn711 E. North Lake Rd +1 308-532-1303. Lake Maloney,
  • Platte Bar, 119 W 6, +1 308-532-6300

Karaoke can be found most nights of the week at some location.

Sleep[edit]

Camping[edit]

  • A-1 Sunset Mobile Park3120 Rodeo Road +1 308 532-9182.
  • Buffalo Bill State Historical Park2921 Scouts Rest Ranch Road +1 308 535-8035.
  • Frontier Resort, Cafe and Marina +1 308 532-8776. Located at Lake Maloney.
  • Cody Park, 1400 North Jeffers.
  • Holiday RV Park and Campground601 Halligan Drive +1 308 534-2265.
  • Lake Maloney State Recreation Area, bare-bones camping at Lake Maloney, five miles south of North Platte on highway 83.
  • Fisherman's Cove109 N. Lake Maloney (at the inlet),  +1 308 532-2128.

Connect[edit]

The following locations offer free wireless Internet service:

  • Starbucks Coffee - just off of Interstate 80 at exit 177, in the outlot of the Quality Inn and Suites.
  • Pro Computing - 721 S. Dewey, +1 308-532-1447. Also offers Internet surfing and e-mailing on their computers for $5 per hour.
  • Winfields Coffee - on the corner of Dewey Street (which is Highway 83) and B Street (202 S. Dewey), +1 308-696-0016.
  • Espresso Shoppe - Downtown at 419 N. Dewey Street, +1 308-534-9550

Go next[edit]

Routes through North Platte
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