Nebraska Souvenirs at the Stagecoach
Gary and Susan Glandon have owned and managed the Stagecoach Souvenir Shop for many years, its true, but our story actually begins years before. Gary's grandparents, Leon and Mazie Henline along with Jim and Joyce Glandon (Gary's parents) built our first souvenir store, the Wigwam, in the tiny town of Atlanta, NE in the early 1950's. Travelers along Highway 6, could stop and rest while enjoying a cherry cider or purchasing a souvenir or two at the Wigwam. The many tourists never failed to visit the Wigwam's petting zoo, our own small Nebraska attraction, with its many exotic animals and a mascot miniature bull named Ferdinand. Furthermore, what Nebraska tourist shop would be complete without a few stuffed jackalopes?
The Stagecoach itself began in 1973 when Jim and Joyce built a shop of their own, north of the I-80 corridor in Kearney Nebraska. At that time, there were few other businesses around them, just a gas station and a couple of hotels with hopes that Nebraska tourism would prosper. Today, Kearney has grown tremendously and is surrounded by thriving hotels, restaurants, and convenience stores. What a difference 37 years makes! Times have changed and we no longer have the petting zoo. Instead we carry the finest in Southwestern gifts and souvenirs. Moreover, we have, since the late 70's, become the premier retailer in Nebraska for Native American Turquoise Jewelry, including Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni styles. We encourage you to stop by and see our unique selection of gifts and jewelry including, our Black Hills Gold. We also have one of the best selections of Minnetonka Moccasins and Minnetonka Hats in Nebraska. The Stagecoach has one of the best selections of Nebraska souvenirs you will find as you travel along the I-80 corridor in Nebraska. In the late 1970's we started selling Halloween Costumes as a side line and it has evolved into a year round event here at the Stagecoach. We will also give you a little history of our souvenir shop and also a short history of how souvenir stores originated. And one thing hasn't changed, you can still find the legendary Jackalope hanging on our walls!