Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

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Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Nebraska

(402) 468-5611

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Overview

The first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River, Fort Atkinson was established in 1820 on recommendation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Located at Fort Calhoun, the fort was important to the early fur trade, river traffic and Indian relations. Much of the historic outpost has been reconstructed, and interpretive work continues. Living history demonstrations are staged periodically at the fort ... the blacksmith and gunsmith set up at the Armorer's Shop, while other volunteers interpret military and civilian activities in various rooms along the west barracks wall. The carpenter and cooper also have workshops there, and at times, the Indian Agent can be found in his quarters at the Council House. General information and interpretive schedules are available at the visitor center. Northeast of the visitor center is a statue display area of the "First Council" depicting the 1804 meeting between Lewis & Clark and the Oto-Missouria.

The Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The visitor center is also open on weekends only from May 1 through May 23 and September 11 through October 17. Park grounds open at 8 a.m. daily.

Map of Fort Atkinson (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.453696, -96.017246

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Activities

  • Hiking

    There are two miles of trails to explore around the park.

  • Historic Sites

    Living history demonstrations are staged periodically at the fort ... the blacksmith and gunsmith set up at the Armorer's Shop, while other volunteers interpret military and civilian activities in various rooms along the west barracks wall. The carpenter and cooper also have workshops there, and at times, the Indian Agent can be found in his quarters at the Council House. General information and interpretive schedules are available at the visitor center.

  • Picnicking

    There are nine picnic tables and two grills available at the park.

Directions

Driving

From Omaha: Take I-680. At exit 12 take Hwy. 75 north 8 miles to Fort Calhoun, turn right onto Madison Street and go 1 mile east. The park entrance is to the left.

From Blair: Take Hwy. 75 south 9 miles, turn left onto Madison Street and go 1 mile East. The park entrance is to the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(402) 468-5611

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