Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
General Crook's Headquarters at Fort Omaha
Fort Omaha Walking Tour
Upon the recommendation of Lt. General William T. Sherman, in 1866 the Adjutant General’s office created the Department of the Platte which included present-day Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and a portion of southeastern Idaho. As departmental headquarters, Fort Omaha presided over supply and administration posts across this territory and coordinated campaigns against the Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, Nez Perce and Ute.
In 1870 the War Department authorized 14 permanent posts under Fort Omaha, each with an average of 282 men. Later in that decade, Montana was transferred to the Department of Dakota.
Soldiers guarded construction crews, protected mail coaches, extended roads and telegraphic services, delivered Indian annuities, assisted farmers devastated by grasshoppers, facilitated mapping and several times intervened in civil insurrections.
This large building was constructed in 1879 as General Crook’s headquarters. In 1881 General Crook moved his headquarters downtown to be near the Union Pacific terminal and warehouses. The building then served as a hospital until the post was abandoned in 1896. Currently, it houses the Fort Omaha Campus library for Metropolitan Community College.
Erected by Metropolitan Community College, Historical Society of Douglas
Location. 41° 18.545′ N, 95° 57.525′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is on Middle Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Building 8, on the Metropolitan Community College Campus. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68111, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of Fort Omaha (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Omaha Balloon School (about 300 feet away); President's House (about 400 feet away); Fort Omaha Officers Row (about 400 feet away); Observation Balloon Training at Fort Omaha (about 500 feet away); Quartermaster's Office and Commissary (about 500 feet away); Fort Omaha Guardhouse (about 500 feet away); Crook House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
Also see . . .
1. Historic Fort Omaha. (Submitted on August 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Omaha. (Submitted on August 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Metropolitan Community College. (Submitted on August 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Man-Made Features • War, World I • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.