Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fort Omaha Guardhouse
Fort Omaha Walking Tour
To maintain discipline among a large garrison, Fort Omaha commanders strictly followed the military code of the frontier era. Facing occasional problems with drunkenness, insubordination, fighting and desertion, officers were quick to punish offenders before disorder spread.
Minor infractions of regulations usually were handled within the company by assigning extra work detail or restricting soldiers to their quarters. More serious offenders were subject to heavy fines, pay stoppages, long sentences in the guardhouse and court-martial.
When Fort Omaha was established in 1868, a wooden guardhouse was built and placed under the supervision of the Officer of the Guard. Like many of the original buildings constructed of wood, the guardhouse quickly deteriorated. In 1883 the post surgeon reported that the structure was too small, thoroughly rotten and infested with vermin. The Officer of the Guard and his assistant occupied a small outbuilding away from the foul odor. A year later, a large brick guardhouse replaced the earlier structure and it was used until the post closed.
This building is currently the Child Care
Erected by Metropolitan Community College, Historical Society of Douglas County, and Nebraska Committee for the Humanities. (Marker Number 8.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Law Enforcement • War, World I • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
Location. 41° 18.505′ N, 95° 57.429′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is on East Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in front of Building 4, on the Metropolitan Community College Campus. 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. History of Fort Omaha (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster's Office and Commissary (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Omaha Post Exchange and Gymnasium (about 300 feet away); General Crook's Headquarters at Fort Omaha (about 500 feet away); Fort Omaha Fire Station (about 500 feet away); Fort Omaha Knights of Columbus Assembly Hall (about 600 feet away); Observation Balloon Training at Fort Omaha (about 600 feet away); Fort Omaha (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
Also see . . . Fort Omaha. (Submitted on August 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 470 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 6, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.