Kearney, Nebraska: Oxen Pulling a Prairie Schooner

Big ox haul futilely at a giant covered wagon.

Address:
23835 W. 24th St., Kearney, NE
Directions:
On the north side of US Hwy 30/W. 24th St., between Dove Hill and 62nd Aves., roughly four miles west of Kearney.
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Oxen Pulling a Prairie Schooner.

Oxen Pulling a Prairie Schooner

The building is still abandoned and up for sale, but the oxen and schooner remain. The poor oxen have seen better days, and the schooner needs a new cover.

[edmag, 07/23/2021]

Although a sign in front of the Oxen reads "Soon to be 100 years old," that sign refers to the Lincoln Highway, which turned 100 in 2013. The oxen themselves arrived in 1932.

Oxen Pulling a Prairie Schooner

Very obvious from the road, the building is again abandoned and for sale but the oxen and schooner are still there.

[Casey, 06/27/2018]

Prairie Schooner, 1947.

Oxen Pulling a Prairie Schooner

Family photo from 1947 of the Oxen Pulling a Prairie Schooner in Kearney.

[Rod, 01/28/2018]

The oxen and their schooner have been in Kearney since 1932, when they were built outside the Covered Wagon gift shop.

Oxen Pulling Prairie Schooner

The oxen "Nick" and "Rose" are still pulling their wagon. In front is a sign reading, "Soon to be 100 years old." The building it is attached to is abandoned.

[Ron Gator Mays, 11/24/2016]

The sign refers to the Lincoln Highway, which passes in front of the oxen. It turned 100 in 2013. The oxen themselves arrived in 1932 as part of the Covered Wagon gift shop, which supposedly stood 1,733 miles between Boston and San Francisco.

Prairie schooner.

Oxen Pulling a Prairie Schooner

The building is being repaired and turned into real estate offices. According to the worker that was on-site, the oxen are staying.

[Amy Puczylowski, 10/16/2010]

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The ArchwayThe Archway, Kearney, NE - 7 mi.
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German POW Urinal, Minden, NE - 18 mi.

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