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Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Fort Omaha

 
 
Fort Omaha Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
1. Fort Omaha Marker
Inscription. A military post was first established here in 1868 and named Sherman Barracks after the famous Civil War general, William Tecumseh Sherman. The post's name was soon changed to Omaha Barracks and, in 1878, to Fort Omaha. In 1879, General George Crook, noted Indian fighter and head (1875-1882, 1886-1888) of the Army's Department of the Platte, occupied a new brick home here, which is still standing.
By the late 1880's, the 80-some acres of Fort Omaha had become insufficient for the Army's needs. A larger post, Fort Crook, was established near Bellevue and Fort Omaha was closed in 1896. In 1905, it reopened as an Army Signal Corps training school. Closed in 1913, the fort again reopened in 1916, this time as a training school for the crews of Army observation balloons. About 16,000 men trained here in preparation for service in World War I.
When the Army declared Fort Omaha surplus property in 1947, it became a Naval Reserve Manpower Center. Since then it has served as a recruiting, training, and administrative facility for several branches of the armed forces.
 
Erected by Daughters of the American Colonists, Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 75.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location.
Wide view of the Fort Omaha Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
2. Wide view of the Fort Omaha Marker
Located at the old Bourke Gate to Fort Omaha, now the main entrance to the Metropolitan Community College - Fort Omaha campus.
41° 18.408′ N, 95° 57.411′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of Fort Avenue and North 30th Street (U.S. 75), on the right when traveling west on Fort Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Omaha Fire Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Omaha Post Exchange and Gymnasium (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ordnance Magazine (about 600 feet away); Fort Omaha Guardhouse (about 600 feet away); Fort Omaha Headquarters Building (about 600 feet away); History of Fort Omaha (about 700 feet away); Quartermaster's Office and Commissary (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Crook's Headquarters at Fort Omaha (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Omaha.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study the marker shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Douglas County Historical Society - Historic Fort Omaha. (Submitted on July 14, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Fort Omaha Historic District National Register Nomination. (Submitted on March 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitary
 
The former Fort Omaha Headquarters Building image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
3. The former Fort Omaha Headquarters Building
Now the Sonny Foster Library at the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha
The former Fort Omaha Officer's Housing Row image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
4. The former Fort Omaha Officer's Housing Row
The General Crook House (1879) in the foreground. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has been restored and reopened as a museum by the Douglas County Historical Society.
The former Fort Omaha Quartermaster Depot image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 8, 2010
5. The former Fort Omaha Quartermaster Depot
Looking across the historic parade grounds, the Depot has been renovated for use as the Metropolitan Community College - Fort Omaha Campus administrative building.
Bourke Gate image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 17, 2010
6. Bourke Gate
In memory of Capt. John G. Bourke 3rd U.S. Cavalry Distinguished Soldier and Author Class of 1869 - U.S. Military Academy Awarded Medal of Honor for Gallantry in Action - 1862 1846 - 1896
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,074 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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