Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
The old Union Pacific RR station was the site of the North Platte Canteen. The Canteen, operated by local volunteers, served food and refreshments to service men and woman traveling the US by train to eventual deployments in European and Pacific theaters during WW II. It opened on Christmas, 1941 and continued to serve over 2 million service men and women until it closed on April 1st, 1946.
It is my belief that Google Maps is a great venue for education, especially when it comes to "Place" as a basis for historical study. Also I want to acknowledge that I probably would never have known about the Canteen had it not been for the love of reading travel journals such as those written by long-time CBS News correspondent Charles Kuralt (1934-1997). "On the Road with Charles Kuralt" is where I was introduced to the selfless ladies of the North Platte Canteen. I have included pictures. If they don't show up on my review, click on my profile, then click on Photos. You may have to scroll down to get to them but they are there.