Fort Omaha Hospital

Fort Omaha Hospital (HM13ES)

Location: Omaha, NE 68111 Douglas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 18.407', W 95° 57.639'

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Fort Omaha Walking Tour

Maintaining the health and well-being of soldiers at Fort Omaha was accomplished only after overcoming serious obstacles.

One such obstacle was the shortage of potable water. By 1869 only two of the Fort's wells were considered safe for drinking. The failure of newly dug wells resulted in the use of cistern water, and daily fatigue duty included the hauling and distribution of water. Weather permitting, men would bathe in the nearby Missouri River.

The first hospital, constructed on the northwestern section of the post, had wood-burning stoves and no indoor water closets. It was condemned in 1879 by the post surgeon as "totally uninhabitable."

After the Army Signal Corps reopened the Fort in 1905, this hospital building was constructed and completed in 1906. It served as a recruiting facility for all military services in both world wars until the Navy departed in 1974. Originally, the building to the south housed Army nurses and later noncommissioned officers.
HM NumberHM13ES
Marker Number13
Placed ByMetropolitan Community College, Historical Society of Douglas County, and Nebraska Committee for the Humanities
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 6:44pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 252148 N 4577042
Decimal Degrees41.30678333, -95.96065000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 18.407', W 95° 57.639'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 18' 24.42" N, 95° 57' 38.34" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17 West Rd, Omaha NE 68111, US
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