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Near Brady in Lincoln County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Fort McPherson and North Platte

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, September 24, 2015
1. Fort McPherson and North Platte Marker
Inscription.  A few miles west of here on the south side of the Platte River is the site of Fort McPherson, 1863-1880. During the Indian troubles of the middle 1860's, troops of the post were occupied in keeping the telegraph lines in operation and the mail and stage lines running. When the Union Pacific Railroad reached this area in late 1866, the military played an important role in guarding construction crews. Early in 1867 the town of North Platte was established fifteen miles west of the fort. The town was located on the watershed just above the confluence of the North and South Platte Rivers, and was designated a division point for the railroad. Two brick roundhouses were among the first buildings in the village. Many frontier and military figures are important in the history of both the fort and the town. Although the fort was totally razed after its abandonment, the Fort McPherson National Cemetery is located on a part of the old military reservation. It is the resting place of hundreds of soldiers from various western military posts, as well as servicemen from later wars. North Platte, now grown into one of Nebraska's major trading centers, still
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retains a lively interest in the exciting history of the region.
 
Erected by Department of Roads and the Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 193.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. 41° 2.16′ N, 100° 28.02′ W. Marker is near Brady, Nebraska, in Lincoln County. Marker is on Interstate 80, 5.3 miles west of State Highway 560, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in the west bound rest area west of Brady. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brady NE 69123, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Road Ranches Along the Platte (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort McPherson (approx. 4.9 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on July 5, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.
 
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