In central Nebraska

In Grand Island we visit the Stuhr Museum. It combines a standard museum with temporary exhibits and a living museum. The living museum part is a village of 1897. We’ve seen many 1890s buildings and pioneer living museums along the way, but this one still surprised us with a horse veterinary clinic and a woodwork shop with belt-driven machinery. There was also a phone exchange from back then, one of the very first ones. It used to be put in a single woman’s house and she would be working the calls 6 days a week for $15 a month. The museum also had one bison but we could only see him from far. Hopefully we’ll see would ones in the West of the State.

On the drive to the next town, Kearney, Sully gets hit by a rock on the windscreen while on the interstate. Next day we get it repaired first thing in the morning, it’s in the edge of the screen and on the curve so we have to hope it holds, otherwise it’s more than $300 to change it. Insurance covers resine injection but not screen change. While we’re at it, service is due so we do it in the afternoon and we get ripped off. Behind their nice shop and sales rep smile the guys didn’t listen to us and charged three times the usual price, and they claim Nebraska is so cheap we won’t find better price elsewhere. Same oil, 3 times the usual price. Filter, 3 times the usual price. 

Back on the road we stop at what is believed to be a Pony Express station in Gothenburg.