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Minden - Pioneer Village

138 East US Highway 6

You have to see it to believe it... The largest private collection of Americana anywhere. The Pioneer Village complex comprises 28 buildings on 20 acres housing over 50,000 irreplaceable items of historical value, restored to operating order, arranged in groups and also in the chronological order of their development. There are 12 historic buildings around the circular "green". There's a Frontier Fort, a real honest-to-goodness Pony Express Station, an Iron Horse, and a home made of sod. There's a general store and a toy store, chock full of all the goods from yesteryear. An original art collection including 25 Currier and Ives prints, 23 Jackson paintings, and the largest single collection of Rogers statues. You can ride a priceless steam carousel, see 17 historic flying machines and marvel at 100 antique tractors. See a 1902 Cadillac and a 1903 Ford, both designed by Henry Ford, plus 350 other antique cars, all displayed in their order of development. For a relaxing trip into yesterday, come to Pioneer Village.


Phil Schaad

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
Harold Warp's Pioneer Village is an amazing place. It was intended to display the artifacts and culture of the Industrial Revolution and it has accomplished that mission in an extraordinary way. Mr. Warp described it as "Showing Man's progress since 1830". This place represents the lifelong mission of one man, Harold Warp, himself an inventor and contributor to the culture and technologies he sought to preserve for succeeding generations. The collections are grouped by category and arranged in chronological order, spanning the latter half of the Nineteenth Century and the first seven decades of the Twentieth Century. It has now become a museum depicting a museum. It has changed little in the past half century, preserved like a time capsule, as it was when Mr. Warp was no longer able to continue adding to the collections. Unless, by some miracle, this unique representation of a moment in the history of mankind can be saved from the relentless ravages of time and decay, it will inevitably cease to exist. If you're interested in the history of Twentieth Century technologies and culture, go see it as soon as possible. You may not have the opportunity if you wait too long. Take your children or grandchildren, and talk to them about a world that has changed in your lifetime, and how it will change in their's. This is a unique educational opportunity. Another reviewer mentioned "a Twilight Zone feel". If you're past middle age, you'll see once familiar things in a museum of obsolete culture and technologies. There's an airplane in there like one I flew when I was a young man. Not only is it obsolete, but it's hanging from the roof of an obsolete museum. Plan to stay at least one full day. Maybe three days or longer, there's a tremendous amount of history crammed into this place. Posted January 13, 2018. If you find this review useful, please mark the "thumbs up" icon.

Daniel Evans

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Lots of different things to look at... Was tons of fun! Bet it's even more fun in the summer

Ed Warnick

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
Our family loves visiting Pioneer Village and Minden, Nebraska. It is a real step back in time. We first heard of Pioneer Village when they ran a fairly large ad in the Denver Post. That was in about 1987. In the ad they showed a photo of their display of Chevys on one side of the isle and Fords across the isle from the earliest years to about the mid 60s. I was impressed with that layout with the two big car makers across he isle from each other. In the ad they also had a photo of a long row of Farm-all and john Deer tractors across from each other very much like the Chevys and Fords were lined up in the order of their development. Another photo showed bare airplane engines from the earliest ones to perhaps WWII era engines but I noticed that they were right in front of you... you could actually touch them. They had the 4th engine the Wright brothers had made on display... their carburetor for that engine was literally a tin can! Specifically it had been a can of tomatoes! I cut the ad out of the paper and hung it on the back of my office door and my wife and I and our two girls did the 6 hour drive (each way) and visited Pioneer Village later that summer. We were mesmerized at what all they had on display there. We thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday visit so much we stayed overnight to visit again Sunday before we headed back for Denver. We have since been back over a dozen times since with our girls as they grew up and other friends. Our girls whey were into music, movies and and video games as much as any other kids yet they always loved going back to Pioneer Village. Over those visits we got to see Minden dressed in it's Christmas lights and have enjoyed the Pioneer Village Restaurant and their beef barley soup countless times as well. Unfortunately, the last times we went the restaurant was closed, apparently for good now. Now, here we are 30 years later and my older daughter has already taken her husband and two children there twice. My younger daughter and her husband live in Portland,, Oregon. They are visiting in April. A highlight for her is to take her husband and their 5 year along with her sister and family old to Pioneer Village while they are back in Denver. When you go, be aware that it has perhaps a dozen buildings full of artifacts and displays so three hours is a bare minimum quick visit. If you are into the development of mechanical items (cars, trains, airplanes, tractors, etc) or antiques, you can easily me entertained there for a 10 hour visit over two days. Bring your camera. Over those decades we have visited, the place has, of course, gotten older and the displays perhaps less cared for. Many people will go there and feel it has seen it's better days. To us, we love the fact that is is still the exact same as it was 30 years or perhaps even 60 years ago. Perhaps you can tell.... our family really has enjoyed Pioneer Village.

Ted Sirek

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017
An interesting museum with a Twilight Zone feel. The best comparison I can come up with is the Twilight Zone, Elegy, where the astronauts land on the cemetary planet. There was a lot of interesting stuff, but the entire place had a used up feeling, too, as if the batteries of the cosmos had run down in this place.

Scott Cooper

Wednesday, Sep. 6, 2017
My wife and I hadn't gone through the museum in probably 25 years, so it was fun to go through it again. Some of the buildings are getting run down and need some work, but it was still fun looking at the old airplanes and cars. Many of the things we remembered seeing there as kids--much more than 25 years ago!

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