PIONEER VILLAGE


| March/April 1956

  • Early day Wood Burner Locomotive
    In the Transportation lineup, from ox-cart to airplane, is the old stage coach and early day wood burner locomotive of 1850, with Harold Warp, founder of Pioneer Village in the foreground.
  • Pioneer Village
    Skipper Warp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Warp, cutting the ribbon on opening day, June 6th, 1953 marking the opening of the Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska. See the article on this Village.
  • The old general store
    The old general store, with shelves piled high with merchandise of yesteryear, carried many of the forerunners of merchandise found in the hardware stores of today. See the article on the Pioneer Village.
  • 1830 vintage kitchen
    This 1830 vintage kitchen is but one of 5 period kitchens found at Pioneer Village. The fireplace is built of stone from the old White House in Washington, D. C Standing in the kitchen is T. C. Jensen, who with Mrs. T. C. Jensen, are managers of the Villa
  • Oscar Olson
    This natty-looking 1902 curved-dash Olds was the height of fashion at the beginning of the Automobile Era. At the wheelies Harold Warp (right side). Oscar Olson, the passenger, is chief restorer of these ancient items. See article on Pioneer Village.

  • Early day Wood Burner Locomotive
  • Pioneer Village
  • The old general store
  • 1830 vintage kitchen
  • Oscar Olson

NEBRASKA

Three years and 140,000 miles later, Mr. and Mrs. Jensen saw the items they had gathered completely restored, arranged in groups and also in chronological order of their development, ready for public viewing.

Since the opening day, June 6, 1953, more than 150,000 have delighted in the nostalgic charm of our country's development, marveling at the comprehensive way that the displays have been arranged. No item is duplicated, since the scope of this museum is so great that only 'one of each' could be included.

Some antique lovers criticized Warp when he began cleaning, repainting and mending the items he had acquired. But, according to Warp, these people missed the point of the whole display. He wanted the items to appear as they were when they were being used. So far as possible, the items included in the display are in operating condition.



Two men have worked continuously restoring the items and about 20 people are on the payroll. Pioneer Village is operated on a non-profit basis, but Warp does hope to have it become self-supporting. Therefore, adults are charged 50c, children 25c-a fee intended to maintain the Village, not to gain profit.

In strolling from building to building, arranged in circular formation behind the huge main building which faces the highway, visitors can see the wondrous development of transportation, communication, agriculture, home appliances, guns, clocks, cameras, musical instruments and illumination.