Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Military. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Colonists, and the Nebraska State Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
Location. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,312 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 14, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. 6. submitted on January 1, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.