American Guide Week - Day 5

Harold Warp’s Pioneer Village -Minden, Nebraska

Located 130 miles west of Lincoln on U.S. 6 and U.S. 34, or 13 miles south of U.S. 30 near Kearney. It covers 10 acres. There are 22 buildings that house 30,000 items of historical interest.

Harold Warp was born in a sod house in Nebraska in 1903. His hard-working immigrant parents passed away when he was quite young.

When he was 20 years old, he set out to the big city to make his fortune. There’s a photo on this page:

He was quite successful, making “Warp’s Flex-O-Glass” and other plastic sheeting (which you can still buy today).

In the 1950s, Mr. Warp began buying all sorts of things from the “vanishing old days”… tools, farm equipment, cars, airplanes, bicycles, entire buildings, etc, etc, etc… and his collection is now all in the museum:

Harold Warp passed away in 1994. His museum lives on, it’s open every day of the year except Christmas.

Thanks to Paul Zucchini for the information/description