The Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer is a museum located in Grand Island, Nebraska, east of Lincoln. The museum is named after Leo Stuhr, a local politician, the state's first Secretary of Agriculture, whose ancestors were the pioneer settlers to the area. The Stuhr Museum gives visitors the glimpse of the lives and the legacies of the pioneers who settled on the plain of central Nebraska in late 1900s. The museum preserves and portrays the inspiring story of the pioneer town builders. The main museum building displays photos and artifacts that follow the history of pioneers and early settlers. The museum also features a living history village called Railroad Town. It was designed to bring back the memories of 1890s-era prairie village to life. Railroad Town was recreated out of many structures form the 1890s-era that tells the story of town building and community development of that era. Among the structures is the house where actor Henry Fonda was born in 1905. As you walk through the town, you will get the chance to meet the townspeople and hear their stories, their hopes and their dreams. Several Hollywood movies and TV series were also filmed at the museum, such as Adventures of the Old West (1995), Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991) and My Antonia (1995). Right around the parking lot there is a display of railroad that includes the 1901 Union Pacific engine 437, an 1871 passenger car and a 1912 Union Pacific caboose.
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There are few more things to do for the visitors in Grand Island, Nebraska. If you are visiting Grand Island, Island Oasis Water Park should be the place to be in south central Nebraska. It is a 6+ acre water park, full of refreshing fun for the whole family. The water park offers fun and exciting things for people of all ages. The water park features two 60-foot high speed slides, 350,000 gallon wave pool, 750-foot lazy river, six water slides and many more fun activities. You can swim through waves of water in the wave pool or relax and unwind in the lazy river which is anything but lazy. If you are an adventurous thrill seeker then you will enjoy the ride at one of two six-story high-speed slides or any of the four giant 150-foot slides. Children will love zero depth acres that include spraying fountains and a wacky wet otter slide. Some of the kid’s attractions include lily pad walk, log walk, otter slide. Grand Island also has something for people who like horse racing. At Fonner Park, you will be able to watch live Thoroughbred Simulcast horse racing in addition to many event such as craft shows, family activities and recreational shows. If you want break from all this then take a walk by the Platte River which is a major river in Nebraska and is about 310 mile long. It is also the perfect place for viewing sandhill cranes on their spring migration.