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Make yourself at home at The Wild Plum Beyong Bed & Breakfast. Belinda and Dave Macken operate the B&B, located east of Platte Center off of Highway 81.

Home away from home

Wild Plum Bed & Breakfast hidden gem near Platte Center

The house, once abandoned for fear of having to fill it with children, has seen several children grow up in it, and is now home to any traveler ready to be pampered.

The Wild Plum Beyond Bed & Breakfast, owned by Dave and Belinda Macken, is located east of Platte Center off of Highway 81 at 30429 257 Ave.

While the Mackens have called it home since 1975, it has been remodeled into a bed and breakfast and host site for special occasions.

The house has a unique beginning — one that never really began.

“The house was built in 1912 by a gentleman, who built it for his fiancée. It was a Sears house. He ordered it, and it cost $8,000 to build. It was a great, big square house, and he brought her to show it to her, and the story goes she left him because she didn’t want to fill it with kids, it was too big.

“He never did move into it, so he rented it out, and then Dave’s folks (Jerome and Odelia Macken) bought it in the 1940s, and she always told me they sold a cow and a pig to make the down payment,” Belinda said.

 

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