Fort Kearny State Historical Park

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Fort Kearny State Historical Park

Nebraska

(308) 865-5305

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Overview

Built to protect Overland Trail travelers, Fort Kearny State Historical Park near Kearney was a stage station, home station for the Pony Express, outfitting depot for Indian campaigns and home of the Pawnee Scouts. The stockade, parade grounds and blacksmith shop have been rebuilt. Archeological exploration by the Nebraska State Historical Society to locate building sites and other features has helped the Commission develop the park to give visitors an insight into the conditions and events contemporary with the settlement of the American West. This history is revealed in several exhibits in the interpretive center and in the carpenter-blacksmith shop. Walkways lead to the stockade where more information is available.

The park office is open daily Memorial Day through Labor day from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. During March through May call the park for daily hours.

Map of Fort Kearny (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.641117, -99.008617

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Activities

  • Boating

    Electric as well as non-powered boats are allowed at the park. There is no boat ramp.

  • Bicycling

    Bike five miles of trails at the park.

  • Camping

    Camping is available at nearby Fort Keany State Recreation Area. Campers will find south-central Nebraska's Fort Kearny State Recreation Area much to their liking. The attractive 152-acre area is located 3/4 mile east and 1 mile north of Fort Kearny State Historical Park. There are 75 camping pads with electrical hookups (20/30-amp.), 110 camping pads without electricity and 35 non-pad sites without electricity.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed at the park.

  • Hiking

    Explore five miles of trails by foot.

  • Historic Sites

    Learn about Fort Kearny's role as stage station, home station for the Pony Express, outfitting depot for Indian campaigns and home of the Pawnee Scouts. See the rebuilt stockade, parade grounds and blacksmith shop and see results of archaeology digs at the site.

  • Picnicking

    Four shelters (one with electricity) have 150 picnic tables and 110 grills.

  • RVing

    Camping is available at nearby Fort Keany State Recreation Area. Campers will find south-central Nebraska's Fort Kearny State Recreation Area much to their liking. The attractive 152-acre area is located 3/4 mile east and 1 mile north of Fort Kearny State Historical Park. There are 75 camping pads with electrical hookups (20/30-amp.) and 110 camping pads without electricity.

  • Water Sports

    There is beach access for swimming or just relaxing.

Directions

Driving

To get to Fort Kearny State Historical Park, take I-80 to the Minden exit, 279, south on Hwy 10 for 3 miles. Next, turn west onto Hwy 50A for 3 miles. Or from the Kearney exit, 272, south on Hwy 44 for 2 miles. Then turn east on Hwy 50A for 4 miles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(308) 865-5305

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