General Crook's Headquarters at Fort Omaha

General Crook's Headquarters at Fort Omaha (HM13GE)

Location: Omaha, NE 68111 Douglas County
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N 41° 18.545', W 95° 57.525'

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Fort Omaha Walking Tour

Upon the recommendation of Lt. General William T. Sherman, in 1866 the Adjutant General's office created the Department of the Platte which included present-day Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and a portion of southeastern Idaho. As departmental headquarters, Fort Omaha presided over supply and administration posts across this territory and coordinated campaigns against the Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, Nez Perce and Ute.

In 1870 the War Department authorized 14 permanent posts under Fort Omaha, each with an average of 282 men. Later in that decade, Montana was transferred to the Department of Dakota.

Soldiers guarded construction crews, protected mail coaches, extended roads and telegraphic services, delivered Indian annuities, assisted farmers devastated by grasshoppers, facilitated mapping and several times intervened in civil insurrections.

This large building was constructed in 1879 as General Crook's headquarters. In 1881 General Crook moved his headquarters downtown to be near the Union Pacific terminal and warehouses. The building then served as a hospital until the post was abandoned in 1896. Currently, it houses the Fort Omaha Campus library for Metropolitan Community College.
HM NumberHM13GE
Marker Number2
Placed ByMetropolitan Community College, Historical Society of Douglas County, and Nebraska Committee for the Humanities
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 1:56pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 252316 N 4577292
Decimal Degrees41.30908333, -95.95875000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 18.545', W 95° 57.525'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 18' 32.70" N, 95° 57' 31.50" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2113-2169 Middle Rd, Omaha NE 68111, US
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