Bigfoot Museum celebrates one-year anniversary

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Crossroads of America Bigfoot Museum in Hastings, Nebraska is celebrating its one-year anniversary this weekend.

Located on 42nd street, the Museum is home to footprints, audio tracks, photos and much more. All staged in various rooms, or exhibits, there is no shortage of items to marvel at.

Harriett McFeely has spent her entire life in Hastings. She was first exposed to the curious and unknown when she was eight years old and saw a photo from Edmund Hillary's summit of Mt. Everest with a large footprint next to a pick-axe. From that point on she became obsessed.

Growing up McFeely, who has adopted the moniker "The Bigfoot Lady" wanted to be an anthropologist. She wanted to work in a Museum and attempt to understand everything curious about this world. Unfortunately, college didn't pan out for McFeely but she eventually found her calling.

"And when this came along I was more surprised than anybody," McFeely said. "Because I never thought I'd be working in my own museum."

McFeely doesn't aim to change minds, she just hopes people come through her museum with an open mind and a myriad of questions. She welcomes skeptics because they have the best questions.

The museum has adapted into so much more than a passion or a hobby for McFeely it's become her life. From traveling to conferences, to meeting lifelong friends and working partners, to constantly educating herself in what she calls a "changing field".

McFeely has big plans for year two, hoping to open an outdoor section to the museum and also make the entire thing handicapped accessible.

However, she plans on living beyond 100 because she has big plans.

"God has sent me exactly the people that i need when i need them because i could've never ever planned this," McFeely said.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is five dollars.

Visit the museum this weekend for a one-year celebration.