Fort Robinson State Park in Dawes County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fort Robinson played an important role in the Indian wars from 1876 to 1890. Crazy Horse surrendered here on May 6, 1877, and was mortally wounded that September while resisting imprisonment. In January, 1879, the Fort was the scene of a major battle as the result of the Cheyenne Outbreak led by Chief Dull Knife.
In the 20th Century, Fort Robinson became the world's largest military remount depot, and during the second World War, was the site of a K-9 corps training center, and German prisoner-of-war camp. The Fort's deactivation following the war, marked the end of more than 70 years of service as Nebraska's "outpost on the plains."
Erected 1997 by Howard Dodd Memorial Fund, Crawford Historical Society,
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 42° 39.92′ N, 103° 27.957′ W. Marker is in Fort Robinson State Park, Nebraska, in Dawes County. Marker is on Highway 20 (U.S. 20), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Coordinates are approximate. The Marker is located in Fort Robinson State Park, off U.S. 20 near the old parade grounds on Fort Robinson. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3200 Highway 20, Crawford NE 69339, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Robinson (approx. ¼ mile away); The Cheyenne Outbreak (approx. 1.8 miles away); Crawford (approx. 3.3 miles away).
More about this marker. The Nebraska State Historical Society reconstructed the original post guardhouse, scene of the killing of Crazy Horse, in 1967. It is the rightmost building in picture 2.
After Crazy Horse was stabbed he was taken to the post adjutant's office where he died. The Nebraska State Historical Society
The leftmost building in picture 2 are original barracks reconstructed in 2003 by the Nebraska State Historical Society. On the night of January 9, 1879, imprisoned Northern Cheyennes broke out of this barracks.
Also see . . . Fort Robinson Museum Website. Official Nebraska State Historical Society website for Fort Robinson Museum. Site includes links to Fort Robinson State Park Areas of Interest. (Submitted on January 4, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Military • War, World II • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,545 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 2. submitted on January 3, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 12, 2010, by Linda Sue Heist of Lincoln, Nebraska. 4. submitted on January 4, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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