Attendance Up Since Reopening Of Kearney Archway

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Since reopening in March after a two-month closure for remodeling, The Archway museum (formerly known as the Great Platte River Road Archway) that straddles Interstate 80 in Kearney has seen a jump in attendance.

March attendance at was 15 percent more than attendance recorded in March 2013 and April saw a 30 percent increase from last year.

The museum commemorating the Oregon, Mormon and California pioneer trails has struggled with disappointing attendance since it opened in the summer of 2000. Nearly 250,000 people visited in 2001, but last year's attendance was 49,960.

The Archway emerged from bankruptcy in September after it settled more than $20 million in debt with bondholders, vendors and businesses by paying $100,000.


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