Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park

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Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park

Nebraska

(308) 346-4715

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Overview

Located near Elyria, Fort Hartsuff is typical of Plains infantry outposts. It stood as a buffer between settlers and Indians in the North Loup River valley from 1874 to 1881. Its nine major buildings were built of concrete, which helped them withstand the passage of time. Acquired as a historical park in 1961, it has been restored as it was when soldiers patrolled the Loup and Cedar river valleys and pioneered a new trail to the Black Hills gold fields in the 1870s. Fort Hartsuff's Visitor Center is located in a historical building built in 1874, which originally housed the commanding officer's office. Now, it features interpretive displays and brochures. The gift shop includes books for the serious historian and a wide range of gifts for people of all ages.

Fort Hartsuff's Office Hours: Memorial Weekend through Labor Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only.

Map of Fort Hartsuff (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.721778, -99.024925

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    The fort stood as a buffer between settlers and Indians in the North Loup River valley from 1874-81 and much of it has been restored to replicate what it was like then.

  • Picnicking

    There are ten picnic tables available at the park.

Directions

Driving

Fort Hartsuff is located between Ord and Burwell on Highway 11. Turn northeast off of Highway 11 and drive 4 miles northeast of Elyria, NE on a paved county road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(308) 346-4715

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