Quartermaster's Office and Commissary

Quartermaster's Office and Commissary (HM13FU)

Location: Omaha, NE 68111 Douglas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 18.552', W 95° 57.421'

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Throughout the frontier era, the Quartermaster's Department oversaw post construction, supply procurement and transportation. It worked closely with the Subsistence Department which purchased and assigned rations. To both agencies, Fort Omaha represented the best distribution site for the Department of the Platte because the nearby city of Omaha provided ample food, livestock and building materials to isolated western posts via three railroad lines.

In 1866 the War Department ordered construction of the Omaha Quartermaster Depot (Government Corral) along the Union Pacific at 13th and Webster Streets, including stables, wagon yard, storehouses and loading platform. The depot was abandoned in 1879 when operations were transferred to new warehouses at Fort Omaha.

Pressured by angry local businessmen who wanted the lucrative business closer to downtown, the War Department authorized a new depot between 22nd Street and Woolworth Avenue adjacent to the Union Pacific tracks.

The old Quartermaster's office and Commissary now serve as classroom buildings for Metropolitan Community College.
HM NumberHM13FU
Marker Number7
Placed ByMetropolitan Community College, Historical Society of Douglas County, and Nebraska Committee for the Humanities
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 3:15pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 252461 N 4577300
Decimal Degrees41.30920000, -95.95701667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 18.552', W 95° 57.421'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 18' 33.12" N, 95° 57' 25.26" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 43081 East Rd, Omaha NE 68111, US
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