Beautiful Kearney!

                           

Thanks to Randy Brown (Brownie) tor taking these pictures of the current version of our old haunts.  His captions are priceless! 

 Enjoy!

North doors to the Old Kearney Junior High. Now an elementary school. The lockers in the lower hallway are still the same. Like stepping into a time machine.


John Reddy

 

John Reddy's store as it looks today. 1/2 block west and 1/2 block north of the old junior high. Trees and large front windows gone, but memories still there.

 


GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS The location of the new Youth Activity Center is at the same exact spot in Harmon Park. The bad news.

 

GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS The location of the new Youth Activity Center is at the same exact spot in Harmon Park. The bad news....the old one got torn down. Just "Memories" again.




 

South side of Whittier Elementary School as it looks today. The side where you lined up to go in. Play ground area now a

 

South side of Whittier Elementary School as it looks today. The side where we lined up to go in. Play ground area now a parking lot.

 


Park School as it looks today.  Did you attend Park?

 

Park Elementary




 

Bryant School. Did you attend Bryant?

 

Bryant School

 


Emerson School. Did you attend Emerson?

 

Emerson School. Who attended here?

 


Northeast School. Who attended here?

 

Northeast School. Who attended here?

 


Kenwood School. Who attended here?

 

Kenwood School. Who attended here?

 




 

A.O.T. building for those that ever attended here.

 


Part of "Kearney Senior High" as seen from the east parking lot, south side. Looking at the part where the office was lo

 

Part of "Kearney Senior High" as seen from the east parking lot, south side. Looking at the part where the office was located. Not sure what is in that area now. Could be another stop on the tour.

 


The World Theater.  Attended many of movie there. If money was short, did you let anyone in the back door?

 

The World. Write your own caption for what went on there. Now closed!  Kearney's own Jon Bokenkamp, Hollywood screenwriter, has formed a foundation and plans to remodel and open the theatre for showing of old movies.  Here's a link to a letter Jon wrote to the Hub about his vision for the World:  http://www.kearneyhub.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20334639&BRD=268&PAG=461&dept_id=577571&rfi=6 

 

You can get more information at http://theworldtheatre.org/index.php

 


Fort Theater.  The other place for a movie, but hope that the operator did not forget to put on the second reel.

 

Fort. For all that ever saw a show and stuck to the floor here.  Now a dental office.

 


Kaufmann

 

Kaufmann's Store (now Kaufmann's Antiques & Collectable Emporium) Are they trying to tell us something?

 


Old Post Office on right side headed north on Main. Now M.O.N.A. Are we going left to Ray

 

Old Post Office on right side headed north on Main, Are we going left to Ray's or right to A&W? Who's got any money? Now M.O.N.A.

 


KGFW....Why we all like "GOLDEN OLDIES" stations now. But at night we all listened to KOMA on the car radio.

 

KGFW....Why we all like "GOLDEN OLDIES" stations now. KOMA at night on the car radio.

 


City Hall, but was that the door you used? If you were caught you used the door around the corner.

 

City Hall, but that was not the door I got to use. The door I got to use was around the corner. Made a few visits with an escort, never had to stay.  (Randy's comments:)

 


Palm Garden. Another downtown Kearney landmark.

 

Palm Garden. Another downtown Kearney landmark.

 


Kearney Lake. Do you remember waling across the lake in winter? Does anybody remember Larry Fotz (sp) who drowned there?

 

Kearney Lake.




 

Pioneer Park for kids. Front end view of the train engine. Did you climb the engine?

 

Pioneer Park kids. Front end view of the train engine.(bad picture) Place was closed on Sunday. Could not get a good picture, not sure if they let kids climb on the train anymore. This is Trails and Rails Museum!

 


Harman Park Light House. Any stories?

 

Harman Park Light House. Any stories?

 


Bike

 

Bike's Burger Bar. Headed south on 2nd ave. (picture taken facing north) Now a Drive-up bank.  They added the drive-thru awning, but the rest of the building is original.  I actually worked at Bike's in college.  So didn't Emily Carranza, right Em?




 

D.X. Sandpit. Not much to look at without the kids there.

 

D.X. Sandpit. Lots of good times were had out here!




 

Bico

 

Bico's. First stop, headed west.  Something to eat or drink, who can we get to buy?

 


Cotton Mill Lake. Now, a very nice city park. All the good places to "park" are closed off or paved.

 

Cotton Mill Lake. Now, a very nice city park. All the good places to "park" are closed off or paved. Hmmm head further west. 

 




 

Pass by Patti McClara's house, she does not live there anymore. The "M" is still in stone on the chimney.




 

Next to McClara

 

Next to McClara's was their "Covered Wagon" road side stop. Great for families driving west, until I-80 was built. Also known for being a "1733 Mile Marker" on the "Old Lincoln Hi-way". Someone is trying to build a house onto what is left there. Both are in rough shape on the outside. Kind of like some of our classmates.

 


This one place I never heard of, the Chinese Cemetery. There used to be more stones. This one is dated 1886. It is not i

 

Chinese Cemetery. Just where Painer said it would be Barney, (and any other non-believers). There used to be more stones. This one is the only one that I could find. Dated 1886. It is not in very good shape. Sad, but this is not the last stop on the picture tour of Kearney.