Trails & Rails Museum

Trails & Rails Museum

In 1974, with the generous gift of land from Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hammer, Dr. & Mrs. Francis Richards, and Ruth Dier, Trails and Rails Museum was established at 710 West 11th Street in Kearney and opened the following year. As a member of the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors, Jack Hammer was instrumental in persuading that board to grant funds annually to be used in the operation of the museum. Several historic buildings have been moved to the site so that now our history is being preserved with these buildings as well as the exhibits within each one. The Archive houses and preserves the many county records which continue to accumulate. The Historical Society works closely with the Fort Kearny Genealogical Society in answering genealogy questions. In March 2000 the Society purchased 3.65 acres of land at 910 W 11th St. west of Trails & Rails. The property is a farmstead which includes a house and several outbuildings. The grassland was planted with native prairie grasses and flowers. Plans for developing a farmstead museum are being developed.