This ten foot tall, fiberglass bison statue by Gary Ginther sits next to the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument near Kearney, Nebraska. Ted Turner, the CNN founder and owner of the nation’s largest buffalo herd on his Vermejo Park Ranch, commissioned the statue in 2002. The nearby archway resembles a covered wagon and sunset stretching 60 feet over I-80, the nation’s first interstate. The museum tells the story of westward pioneers from 1843 to 1869. The facility opened in 2000.