World’s Largest Covered Wagon in Milford, Nebraska

The World’s Largest Covered Wagon in Milford, Nebraska has seen better days.

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Once upon a time, this Nebraska roadside attraction was a glorious example of mimetic architecture. Picture it. A fine white building, 50 feet long and 50 feet tall, topped with a brown wagon bed and a crisp round cover made from roofing shingles. Four 24-foot wheels, in themselves taller than a lot of giant roadside attractions, bolted to the four corners. A cowboy muffler man, wearing a bright red cowboy hat, almost as tall as the entire wagon, standing by, welcoming visitors to the tourist attraction. And there were visitors, because who could resist veering off the highway to come see.

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The World’s Largest Covered Wagon was the vision of Kenneth R. Dahle, who bought the land next to the interstate in 1964. He first built a campground (“Westward Ho!”), then, later, a gas station. In 1976 he began work on this masterpiece, the giant covered wagon, completing it two years later in 1978.

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The piece of programmatic architecture was designed to replicate the old covered wagons that crossed the Nebraska plains on the Oregon and Mormon Trails in the 1800s. And it did a mighty fine job at that.

World's Largest Covered Wagon in Milford, Nebraska | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

Unfortunately, Dahle passed away in 1993 and the building has been neglected ever since. The gas station closed in 1998. The pumps were removed. The wheels were dismantled. The muffler man was sold. (The muffler man has since moved around the country quite a bit — read the story on Roadside America.)

World's Largest Covered Wagon in Milford, Nebraska | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

For a while the novelty building was reportedly converted into a golf shop. But now the giant wagon seems to be empty, completely abandoned.

World's Largest Covered Wagon in Milford, Nebraska | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

Today, the giant covered wagon is falling apart, dilapidated. The building has been broken into, broken, with graffiti sprayed on the windows and inside.

World's Largest Covered Wagon in Milford, Nebraska | Nebraska Roadside Attractions
World's Largest Covered Wagon in Milford, Nebraska | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

It’s hard to say how long the big wagon will remain in Milford. It’s been more than 20 years since the fueling station shuttered. It’s since lost its wheels, its muffler man, and its purpose. Roadside attractions, sometimes, come and go, and many are from the state of their glory days. So be sure to visit while you can, because you never know what the future holds for them.

World's Largest Covered Wagon in Milford, Nebraska | Nebraska Roadside Attractions

While you’re in Nebraska be sure to check out these other roadside attractions: Carhenge (a Stonehenge replica made from cars), a camel and Pyramid in Cairo, the Union Pacific Big Boy Trains, the World’s Largest Porch Swing, and the World’s Largest Time Capsule.

Also check out another roadside attraction that claims the title of world’s largest covered wagon in Illinois, this one driven by a giant Abraham Lincoln.

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World’s Largest Covered Wagon

Address: 965 County Rd 238, Milford, NE
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to See


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The World’s Largest Covered Wagon in Milford, Nebraska was once a prime example of mimetic architecture but the roadside attraction has been neglected. Visit this bucket list Nebraska roadside attraction on your next Nebraska road trip with kids or adults or travel there on vacation.

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.