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We are celebrating our 50th next week and are going to Farmall Land. We would like to know what other things to see while in the area. Any ideas'?

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We stopped last year and then went on to Omaha. Is a neat train museum in i think an old library building downtown. Omaha zoo is always good too. 

The downtown trian museum is more a rail travel museum but pretty neat. Also i think another place with full size trains on display.

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The rail travel museum is in the old Omaha Union Station.  If you like airplanes, go west of Omaha about 20 miles to Ashland, and visit the Strategic Air Command Museum.  (As you go west of Gretna, and down Melia Hill into the Platte River valley, wave). stop in and have lunch with Warren Buffett,  on the way to Eppley Airport,  you will go thru a part of Iowa, that is on the west side of the Missouri River, and IIRC, there is a display of a Union Pacific Big Boy, and a UP Centennial locomotives.  Unfortunately, there is nothing  left of the South Omaha stockyards, except the exchange building, but Johnny's Steak House at the east end of the "L' Street viaduct has been there forever, but the Bohemian Cafe is no longer open.

I wish I had toured the ore boat museum in Duluth, and the railroad museum that is there also, but at least I got to dip my feet into Lake Superior.

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I'll give a vote to The Heartland Museum in Clarion, IA. Great collection of very nice and rare tractors along with lots of other things of interest.  Currently the 16-V 747 Big Bud, the world's largest farm tractor is housed there.  The hours are weird, so you might want to make sure they are open before heading there.  

Heartland Museum

Also in Clarion, at the East end of town and along the tracks near the museum, there is a tractor junk yard that has some amazing tractors just rusting away in it.  Not sure the story on them, but we drove through just to look.

Congrats on 50!

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4 hours ago, Art From DeLeon said:

part of Iowa, that is on the west side of the Missouri

Was stationed at OFF when I was in the USAF, try'n now to recall what that was called?  "Carter Lake", meb'be?

best, randy

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The zoo in Omaha is good any time of the year. From Avoca take 680 west and then 29 north to Desoto  Bend (at Missouri Valley) wildlife refuge and view the salvaged relics from the Bertrand steam ship. Next exit west from Avoca is the Corn Crib restaurant (silo in front) best hot beef sandwich in Iowa. 

Lot's of stuff all 'around' Omaha. Don't know how much time you have etc. . You could take one of the county roads north out of Council Bluffs and head up into the Loess Hills for just a drive. Keep going far enough north  through the Loess Hills and end up in Art's neck of the woods.

Yep, Carter Lake Iowa is on the Nebraska side of the Missouri thanks to a shift in the river.  Growing up I remember the court battles between Iowa and Nebraska as to who owned it. Going to the airport, you start in Neb, travel through Ia, and then back into Neb . all on the same highway for a distance of 3 miles or so.

 

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2 hours ago, 3-Fan said:

I'll give a vote to The Heartland Museum in Clarion, IA. Great collection of very nice and rare tractors along with lots of other things of interest.  Currently the 16-V 747 Big Bud, the world's largest farm tractor is housed there.  The hours are weird, so you might want to make sure they are open before heading there.  

Heartland Museum

Also in Clarion, at the East end of town and along the tracks near the museum, there is a tractor junk yard that has some amazing tractors just rusting away in it.  Not sure the story on them, but we drove through just to look.

Congrats on 50!

Those tractors belong to Mr. Maasdam. His tractors fill the museum buildings there. Several other buildings in town too. In addition to the tractors he has an impressive toy collection.  Some housed in the museum and the remainder in his home.

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It may be more driving than you want to do, but go to the museum in Minden Nebraska. You will spend the entire day there. Make sure you go to Minden Nebraska and not Minden Iowa (you will pass it on I-80 2 exits west from Avoca)

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You must have found a very understanding lady there. Not only did she stay around for 50 years, but she is also willing to go look at tractors on your special trip! Just  kidding. Congrats on the anniversary. My wife and I will be celebrating 25 next spring,  but while she enjoys my hobby I don't think that she wants to go look at more tractors! 

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The museum in Minden is named "Pioneer Village",  or, as it used to be called Harold Warp's Pioneer Village.

Council Bluffs has casinos, or if you want to gamble in a more rural setting, there is one at Onawa, which can be seen after enjoying the scenic beauty of Blue Slough, er Lake, either before, or after, paying your 50 cents to make the round trip crossing of the Missouri at Decatur and eat at the Green Lantern.  (Even if you forego a meal, and the food is really pretty good, especially the prime rib, it is worth the trip to listen to your tires 'sing' as you cross the bridge)  BUT, even better, and to learn the difference between "pretty good", and great, is to eat at the AK Corral in Ute.

The Loess Hills should be kind of pretty this time of year, but there is no point in bringing your skis as it will be too early to go skiing at Mt. Crescent.

And, if you want to see the birthplace of Art From DeLeon, drive over to Little Sioux, there is a historical marker on the house, but NOT much else there anymore, NOT that there was ever very much there, other than a drug store, doctor's office, hardware store, and the school where my Mom taught after she graduated from college,  even 50-60 years ago.

And, lest I forget, the limestone quarries at Logan, while not in the same category as the iron mines of the Mesabi Range, have left some pretty good holes in the ground.

I regret NOT ever going to the Bertrand exhibit, or the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha

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46 minutes ago, Art From DeLeon said:

The museum in Minden is named "Pioneer Village",  or, as it used to be called Harold Warp's Pioneer Village.

Art, where's the S-A-C museum now, it used to be up on the NE end of OFF's runway 03 near Bellevue when I was stationed there (Offutt AFB was Ft. Crook many years ago)?

best, randy

 

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The Nebraska tractor testing Lab in Lincoln and the Speedway motors museum.

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Go west on I-80 to Ashland,  I am pretty sure that it is the first exit after crossing the Platte.  There will be signs.

(Or just look for the shiny ATLAS ICBM)

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Strategic+Air+Command+%26+Aerospace+Museum/@41.0178834,-96.3193501,14.83z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x81e6c9aa65b8a0de!8m2!3d41.018047!4d-96.320056

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Walnut ia is full of antique stores.

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If you are going to Omaha from Iowa at Council Bluffs there is a neat old squirrel cage jail where the cells rotated to let the occupants out open for tours.

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Which route are you taking down? If you are coming down I-35 to I-80 west you can swing down to Winterset and catch a few covered bridges(Covered Bridges of Madison County), check out the historical complex in Winterset and tour the John Wayne museum and birthplace.

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We are staying off the interstates as much as possible. The bridges sound good we'll see.

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Here is a very small sample of the Speedway Motors Museum.

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23 hours ago, Art From DeLeon said:

The rail travel museum is in the old Omaha Union Station.  If you like airplanes, go west of Omaha about 20 miles to Ashland, and visit the Strategic Air Command Museum.  (As you go west of Gretna, and down Melia Hill into the Platte River valley, wave). stop in and have lunch with Warren Buffett,  on the way to Eppley Airport,  you will go thru a part of Iowa, that is on the west side of the Missouri River, and IIRC, there is a display of a Union Pacific Big Boy, and a UP Centennial locomotives.  Unfortunately, there is nothing  left of the South Omaha stockyards, except the exchange building, but Johnny's Steak House at the east end of the "L' Street viaduct has been there forever, but the Bohemian Cafe is no longer open.

I wish I had toured the ore boat museum in Duluth, and the railroad museum that is there also, but at least I got to dip my feet into Lake Superior.

Art the Train locomotives were moved about ten years ago.  They are at Lorenzen Gardens. Hard to miss them They are on the bluff on the North side of I80 just as you cross the Missouri River in to Nebraska.  There is a neat you tube video about moving them.

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12 hours ago, Art From DeLeon said:

Go west on I-80 to Ashland,  I am pretty sure that it is the first exit after crossing the Platte.  There will be signs.

(Or just look for the shiny ATLAS ICBM)

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Strategic+Air+Command+%26+Aerospace+Museum/@41.0178834,-96.3193501,14.83z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x81e6c9aa65b8a0de!8m2!3d41.018047!4d-96.320056

You are right about what exit. Mahoney Park is first thing on the North side on I80 then the SAC museum. On the south side of I80 is a drive thru wildlife Zoo. It is part of the Omaha Zoo. 

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In Missouri Valley there is a nice farm equipment museum. Its mostly MM stuff but nice to look at.   Also north of Omaha there is two private tractor collections that pretty good. 

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13 hours ago, Randy Sohn said:

Art, where's the S-A-C museum now, it used to be up on the NE end of OFF's runway 03 near Bellevue when I was stationed there (Offutt AFB was Ft. Crook many years ago)?

best, randy

 

they moved the museum about 20 years ago.

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17 hours ago, dads706 said:

It may be more driving than you want to do, but go to the museum in Minden Nebraska. You will spend the entire day there. Make sure you go to Minden Nebraska and not Minden Iowa (you will pass it on I-80 2 exits west from Avoca)

If you want to see the museum in Minden you better go pretty soon. They are having money problems. Even as good as it is attendance is way down. Nebraska gave them a big tax break a few years ago. but they are still having problems. 

As long as he is that far west he just as well go to the Military Museum in Lexington Nebraska. Its on  right along side I80.  and there is the Arch across I80 in Kearney.

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