BROKEN BOW, Neb. — Renovations are almost finished at an iconic central Nebraska hotel after nearly 12 years of work, the latest chapter in the long history of the Arrow Hotel.

The hotel’s owners have been working to restore the old hotel back to its glory days, around the time it was built in 1928, according to the Kearney Hub ( ).

“We met with the old owner who desperately wanted someone to come in and keep this place alive,” said R.J. Thomas, one of the owners.

“He told me it wouldn’t cost much and I wouldn’t have to get involved. Both were lies,” Thomas jokingly added.

The hotel had fallen into disrepair over the years and had many owners. One of the former owners went so far as to convert 25 hotel rooms into more than 70 apartments.

The current owners have worked to salvage as much of the original structure as possible. They returned the hotel to 25 guest rooms. They’ve also built an “Arrow East” addition that will open later this summer.

The Arrowhead East is akin to a high-tech version of the historic hotel, with a streamlined check-in process and all of the old-world charm available at the older hotel next door. The new Arrow will have an exercise room with at least three machines. The rooms facing Broken Bow’s town square will have balconies that look out on the one of the busiest areas of the town.

Information from: Kearney Hub,

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