So, we really didn’t know a whole lot about North Platte when we arrived. We hit a local Arby’s for breakfast (wow, Arby’s has breakfast now, very cool stuff) and set out for a couple cool things to see before we headed West.
North Platte did not disappoint.
Stop 1 – Cody Park (and the Union Pacific Exhibit).
Did I mention Union Pacific? Exactly, that means Trains! This was a very cool exhibit, featuring a steam and a diesel-electric locomotive. The Challenger was pretty epic – amazing that it was World War II era for sure.
The diesel-electric era of modern railroading was well-represented too…:)
We know it was the UP’s mantra, we’re going to try to make it ours as well on this trip.
We thanked the staff and bid adieu to the UP Exhibit – really nice folks and a great (free) thing to do in North Platte (donations are encouraged). I took so many pictures this merits its own post for sure…
Next stop was the 20th Century Veterans’ Memorial in North Platte – another great sight worthy of a separate upcoming post (yet another great free thing to visit – and commemorative bricks are still available).
We enjoyed North Platte, but the mountains and Colorful Colorado were calling…more on that later today after we return from the mountains and Estes Park.