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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Dawes County, Nebraska

Clickable Map of Dawes County, Nebraska and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Dawes County, NE (34) Box Butte County, NE (3) Sheridan County, NE (5) Sioux County, NE (25) Fall River County, SD (21)  DawesCounty(34) Dawes County (34)  BoxButteCounty(3) Box Butte County (3)  SheridanCounty(5) Sheridan County (5)  SiouxCounty(25) Sioux County (25)  FallRiverCountySouth Dakota(21) Fall River County (21)
Chadron is the county seat for Dawes County
Adjacent to Dawes County, Nebraska
      Box Butte County (3)  
      Sheridan County (5)  
      Sioux County (25)  
      Fall River County, South Dakota (21)  
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1Nebraska (Dawes County), Chadron — 42 — Bordeaux Trading Post
From about 1846 until 1872, an Indian "trading house" occupied a site near here. Built by James Bordeaux, the trading station was once attacked and set afire by hostile Crow warriors. Fortunately, some friendly Sioux Indians came to the rescue and . . . Map (db m4529) HM
2Nebraska (Dawes County), Chadron — 195 — Chadron Creek Trading Post
Employees of Lancaster P. Lupton built a trading post on the creek near here in 1841 to trade with the Sioux Indians. From 1842 until at least 1845 this post was managed by Louis B. Chartran, first for Sibille and Adams and later for Pratte & . . . Map (db m89344) HM
3Nebraska (Dawes County), Chadron — 465 — Fort Robinson - Camp Sheridan - Pine Ridge Indian Agency Road
Following the 1874 establishment of military posts near the Red Cloud and Spotted Tail agencies for the Oglala and Brule Sioux, the army laid out a forty-two-mile road to transport military and Indian supplies between the agencies and posts. Oglala . . . Map (db m89346) HM
4Nebraska (Dawes County), Chadron — Historic Northwestern Nebraska
The Pine Ridge Country of northwestern Nebraska is among the greatest historic places of the nineteenth-century American West. It was long the homeland and hunting grounds of the Lakota (Western Sioux). White fur traders began arriving during . . . Map (db m89354) HM
5Nebraska (Dawes County), Chadron — Paha SapaThe heart of everything that is.
Paha Sapa is sacred land of the Lakota that the white man has named Black Hills. We never lived in this place. It is the womb of Mother Earth—the rightful home of birds and animals. We came here only for ceremonies, vision quests and burials. The . . . Map (db m173952) HM
6Nebraska (Dawes County), Chadron — 331 — The Chadron-Chicago Cowboy Race
America’s longest horse race began here June 13, 1893. The 1,000 mile race ended June 27 in Chicago at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The race apparently was the idea of Chadron jokester John G. Maher. Seven of nine riders finished, some traveling . . . Map (db m51693) HM
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7Nebraska (Dawes County), Chadron — 304 — The Fort Pierre-Fort Laramie Trail
From about 1837 until 1850, more than a quarter million buffalo robes bought from Indians and 27 tons of fur company trade goods were hauled over the 300 mile long Fort Pierre-Fort Laramie Trail that followed the White River through this area. First . . . Map (db m4530) HM
8Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — 1887 Barracks Row
During the 1887 expansion of Fort Robinson six adobe barracks were built on the south side of the parade ground. Later two frame barracks were added. Each building had a dormitory area 170 by 30 feet, a kitchen wing 70 by 30 feet, and housed a . . . Map (db m174027) HM
9Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — 1909 Brick Barracks
Of the fifteen enlisted men's barracks of log, adobe, or fired brick, only this structure remains at Fort Robinson. It housed men of the 8th and 12th Cavalry and the Quartermaster Remount Service. A similar structure near the brick officers' . . . Map (db m174271) HM
10Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Adjuncts Office/Guardhouse
Adjuncts Office, 1874 Guardhouse, 1884 Guardhouse, 1874Map (db m174264) HM
11Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Adobe Officers’ Quarters
These duplex officers' quarters, of adobe brick construction, were completed in 1887 when Fort Robinson became a cavalry regimental headquarters. This structure has been restored by by the Nebraska State Historical Society, and furnishings . . . Map (db m174143) HM
12Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Africa in Nebraska
Toadstool’s Trackway Imagine miniature rhinos, pig-like animals, giant tortoises, and tiny horses traveling the plains before you. These are just a few of the animals that came here to hunt, rest, and drink from the wide shallow . . . Map (db m174506) HM
13Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — 392 — Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Robinson
Black soldiers of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry regiments (called "buffalo soldiers" by the Plains Indians) garrisoned Fort Robinson for eighteen years and played an important role in northwestern Nebraska's history. Organized in 1866, the regiments . . . Map (db m174269) HM
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14Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Cavalry Barracks/Cheyenne Outbreak
Site of Cavalry Barracks 1874 Cheyenne Outbreak One hundred and forty-nine Northern Cheyenne Indians led by Dull Knife were taken into custody by troops from from Fort Robinson in October 23, 1878. Imprisoned in the log cavalry barracks, . . . Map (db m174893) HM
15Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Chief Crazy Horse
Oglala War-Chief of the Sioux Nation killed near this spot September 5, 1877 A great chief of heroic character. He fought to the last to hold his native land for the Indian peopleMap (db m174028) HM
16Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — 227 — Crawford
Crawford sprang up as a tent city on land owned by homesteader/newspaper correspondent William E. Annin in 1886 when the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad pushed through the Nebraska Panhandle. To Incorporate the town, editor William . . . Map (db m44254) HM
17Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Crazy Horse
On this spot Crazy Horse Ogallala Chief was killed Sept. 5, 1877Map (db m173969) HM WM
18Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Flagstaff, 1890
This flagstaff, 105 feet high, is constructed of metal pipe with a ladder and crow's nest for buglers. It was originally on the other side of the 1905 headquarters near the highway, having replaced an earlier flagstaff blown down by an 1889 . . . Map (db m173946) HM
19Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — 102 — Fort Robinson
In March, 1874, the U.S. Government authorized the establishment of a military camp at the Red Cloud Indian Agency on the White River. Home of some 13,000 Indians, many of whom were hostile, the Agency was one of the most troublesome spots on the . . . Map (db m173982) HM
20Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Fort Robinson and the Railroad
On January 20, 1885. Congress granted the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad a right-of-way through the Fort Robinson Military Reservation. Later this line was acquired by the Chicago and North Western. With direct rail access in . . . Map (db m174026) HM
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21Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Ft. Robinson
Ft. Robinson Nebraska named in honor of First Lieutenant Levi H. Robinson who made the supreme sacrifice February 9, 1874 in the winning of the westMap (db m173980) HM WM
22Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Ft. Robinson
Ft. Robinson Nebraska established November 14, 1876 supplied men and sinews of war during the Indian campaigns 1876-1891 Map (db m174401) WM
23Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — German P.O.W. Camp
This camp, constructed to house three thousand men, received the first German prisoners of war in June 1943. Most of the soldiers were members of the Afrika Korps. The prisoners were allowed to work on farms and ranches in the area and received a . . . Map (db m173974) WM
24Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — K-9 Training Area
In September 1942 the Fort Robinson War Dog Training Center was established. Barracks, classrooms, administrative offices, and other support buildings were located west and north of here. To the east and north was a sprawling kennel area housing . . . Map (db m173949) HM
25Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Officers’ Row, 1874-1875
These officers quarters with adobe brick walls are the oldest original buildings at Fort Robinson. The post surgeon noted they had dirt floors and complained over delays in shipping heating stoves. A frame lean-to at the rear provided kitchen . . . Map (db m174232) HM
26Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Officers’ Row, 1909
Consisting of four double sets and one single occupancy dwelling for the post commander, these were the last officers' homes constructed at Fort Robinson. They represent the culmination of Victorian military architecture, with fancy fireplaces . . . Map (db m174194) HM
27Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Post Headquarters, 1905
The Post Headquarters was constructed in 1905. The Post Commander's office was located here, along with other administrative offices, post office, and the Fort's telephone exchange. An ornate auditorium on the second floor was often used for parties . . . Map (db m173959) HM
28Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Red Cloud Agency
Red Cloud Agency was established here in 1873 for Chief Red Cloud and his Oglala band, as well as for other northern plains Indians, totaling nearly 13,000. Their earlier agency had been located on the North Platte near Fort Laramie. The . . . Map (db m174261) HM
29Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Sea Level Bench Mark
The stone monument at this location is one of Nebraska's original bench marks. Surveyors use bench marks to determine elevations. This one was placed by the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey in 1902. It was part of a larger project in which a . . . Map (db m174043) HM
30Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — Site of Red Cloud Indian Agency
Site of Red Cloud Indian Agency 1873-1877Map (db m174045) HM
31Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — The Flight of the Cheyennes
Just before 10 P. M. on January 9, 1879, the 130 Cheyennes held in the cavalry barracks made their desperate bid for freedom. After disabling the soldier guards, they fled across this ground to the White River beyond. Under heavy fire from . . . Map (db m173973) HM WM
32Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — The Sidney Black Hills Trail
An important thoroughfare between Sidney, Nebraska and the Black Hills during the years 1876-1880. Heavily traveled by stage coaches, freight wagons and prospectors going between the railroad at Sidney, and the gold fields.Map (db m158997) HM
33Nebraska (Dawes County), Crawford — ToadstoolGeologic Park
Explore the badlands and unique geologic formations of Toadstool Park. A one-mile trail leads you through the heart of the ancient rocks, fossil remains, and trackways left by the mammals who thrived here 34 million years ago. Exploring . . . Map (db m185759) HM
34Nebraska (Dawes County), Whitney — 003 — Butte Country
Perhaps no spot in Nebraska is so surrounded by historical and geographical landmarks as this one. Numerous landmarks of the period of the Indian Wars are visible from here. The site of a legendary battle between the Sioux and Crow Indians, Crow . . . Map (db m135118) HM
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Oct. 7, 2022