Pioneer Village





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Published on Sep 12, 2011

This is part one of a three part "Nebraska / Kansas" series, about a trip my family took in, I believe, the fall of 1974.

From Wikipedia:

Pioneer Village is a museum and tourist attraction along U.S. Highway 6 in Minden, Nebraska. Pioneer Village was founded in 1953 by Harold Warp, a Chicago manufacturer from Minden. The museum, a complex of 28 buildings on 20 acres (81,000 m2) with a total collection of over 50,000 items. The museum has large collections of items from 1830 to the present, including frontier buildings, early cars and airplanes, tractors and other farm implements and an art collection.
Pioneer Village also manages a restaurant, a motel and a campground as part of the complex.

Not from Wikipedia:

Toward the beginning of this, you can see my brother and myself coming out of a log cabin with a man and a woman. Julie asked who they are and I have no idea. It kinda looks like we're with them, but we aren't.

That little wall we're dicking around on is outside the motel where we stayed. We rarely stayed in motels when I was a kid, so that was a treat. We almost always camped. But, I think this trip took place in the fall so it might have been too cold to camp.

I've been looking at recent photos online of this place and very little has changed that I can see, including that odd color scheme on that locomotive: blood red and baby blue?

The thing that sticks out in my mind the most about the place and the one thing I'd want to see again is that steam powered merry-go-round. I very clearly remember my dad taking the shot of my mom on the carousel. She's telling my dad not to take the shot because it's too dark and it won't turn out. He's trying to get her to look at the camera, but she won't. Ah, memories.

Oh, and of course, every tourist attraction of this kind has to have a stockade or a jail or something to put your "naughty" relatives in, right? Watch as I demonstrate on how to put yourself in the stockade. Well, okay, not quite.

Thanks so much to my parents and my brother, without whom I would not be able to share these treasured films with you.

The music used is "Cattails" by Kevin MacLeod.


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