Kearney in Kearney County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Despite its lack of fortifications, Fort Kearny served as a way station, sentinel post, supply depot, and message center for 49'ers bound for California and homeseekers traveling to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. By the 1860's the fort had become a significant stage and freighting station and home station of the Pony Express. During the Indian Wars of 1864-1865 a small stockade was apparently built upon the earth embankment still visible. Although never under attack, the post did serve as an outfitting depot for several Indian campaigns.
One of the fort's final duties was the protection of workers building the Union Pacific. In 1871, two years after the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the fort was discontinued as a military post. This site has been entered on the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected by Nebraska Games and
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 38.526′ N, 99° 0.41′ W. Marker is in Kearney, Nebraska, in Kearney County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of V Road (Nebraska Route 50A) and Road 29. Click for map. Marker is located within Fort Kearney State Historical Park between the Blacksmith Shop and the fort replica. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1020 V Road, Kearney NE 68847, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dobytown (approx. 2 miles away); The Burlington & Missouri River Railroad (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Great Platte River Road (approx. 4.1 miles away); Historic Kearney (approx. 5.3 miles away); Site of Bauer Drug (approx. 5.3 miles away); Kearney: From the Beginning (approx. 5.3 miles away); Boyd House (approx. 5.3 miles away); Old Oregon Trail (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kearney.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Kearny State Historical Park. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2. Fort Kearny State Historical Park and State Recreational Area (pdf file)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
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