Kearney Archway Monument Receives $50,000 Grant



The financially struggling archway museum that straddles Interstate 80 near Kearney has received a $50,000 grant from a local foundation.  It's not to help pay their bills, however.  The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument received the grant from the Ron and Carol Cope Foundation to replace the incandescent light bulbs in their exhibit areas with energy-efficient LED bulbs and projectors. The grant also will be used to improve the heating and cooling systems.  The archway museum has exhibits that commemorate the Oregon, Mormon and California pioneer trails, and it honors the nation's highway systems and railroads.  The Archway emerged from bankruptcy in September after it settled more than $20 million in debt by paying $100,000.