Gary and Susan Glandon have owned Stagecoach Gifts and Jewelry for many years 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 purchase 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?
Wigwam, early 1950's
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 and restaurants. What a difference over 40 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 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. Stagecoach is also Kearney's largest rock shop and has a wonderful selection of stones and minerals, including amethyst, citrine, and many others. In the late 1970's we started selling Halloween Costumes as a sideline and it has evolved into a year-round event here at the Stagecoach.