Introduction to North Platte, Nebraska
North Platte History
Famous for its North Platte Canteen during World War II, the city was named after the North Platte River, on which it is located. North Platte was originally a railroad town, and the large Bailey Yard built for the Union Pacific Railroad Company is located within the city. The city is famous for its World War II custom of greeting troop trains passing through and offering them food, coffee and hospitality.
North Platte and nearby Attractions
- Lincoln County Historical Museum
- Western Heritage Village
- North Platte Area Children's Museum
- Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park
- Lake Maloney State Recreation Area
Things To Do In North Platte
North Platte offers easy access to several historical sites, including the Lincoln County Historical Museum and the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park. Lake Maloney State Recreation Area and other parks offer a variety of recreational facilities. Local festivals include the Plattepus Waterfest, the Bluegrass Festival, the Heritage Festival and the Lincoln County Fair, which attract a number of visitors every year.
North Platte Transportation
North Platte Regional Airport-Lee Bird Field is the nearest airport.
North Platte Higher Education
Mid Plains Community College is the local institute of higher educations. Other nearby institutes include the University of Nebraska at Kearny and Central Community College.