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Nebraska historic site adds interactive exhibits

July 7, 2018

BAYARD, Neb. (AP) — A western Nebraska tourist attraction has made several improvements that are drawing rave reviews from visitors.

Chimney Rock National Historic Site has added interactive history displays, the Scottsbluff Star Herald reported . Areas include a small mechanical pony children can ride, a rock area where visitors can carve their names, a display of jars filled with water from the North Platte and a spotting scope.

Visitors are spending more time in the museum interacting with the exhibits, said Vicki Cobb, an employee at the museum. Many visitors have reacted positively to the new additions, she said.

“They come in and say, ‘Oh, we’re only here for a few minutes,’” Cobb said. “Then they will still be here an hour to an hour and a half later.”

The museum is continuing to add more upgrades as its renovation progresses. Sandra Reddish, the historic sites coordinator for History Nebraska, said she hopes to get an educational cart that features items that visitors can pick up and hold.

Museum officials also plan to redo a popular wagon and supply exhibit, Reddish said. Visitors are tasked with packing the wagon while staying within the weight constraints. The exhibit can currently function fine, but needs upgrades, such as new paint.

“It’s fascinating watching kids do this,” Reddish said. “It’s giving them a challenge and they’ll work and work at it trying to get it right.”

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Information from: Star-Herald, http://www.starherald.com

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