Fort Robinson

Fort Robinson (HM2EO)

Location: Harrison, NE 69346 Dawes County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 39.92', W 103° 27.957'

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In March, 1874, the U.S. Government authorized the establishment of a military camp at the Red Cloud Indian Agency on the White River. Home of some 13,000 Indians, many of whom were hostile, the Agency was one of the most troublesome spots on the Plains. The camp was named Camp Robinson in honor of Lt. Levi H. Robinson, who had been killed by Indians the previous month. In May, the camp was re-located on this site, and in January, 1878, was officially designated Fort Robinson.

Fort Robinson played an important role in the Indian wars from 1876 to 1890. Crazy Horse surrendered here on May 6, 1877, and was mortally wounded that September while resisting imprisonment. In January, 1879, the Fort was the scene of a major battle as the result of the Cheyenne Outbreak led by Chief Dull Knife.

In the 20th Century, Fort Robinson became the world's largest military remount depot, and during the second World War, was the site of a K-9 corps training center, and German prisoner-of-war camp. The Fort's deactivation following the war, marked the end of more than 70 years of service as Nebraska's "outpost on the plains."
HM NumberHM2EO
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Marker Number102
Year Placed1997
Placed ByHoward Dodd Memorial Fund, Crawford Historical Society, and the Nebraska State Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 4:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 625715 N 4724792
Decimal Degrees42.66533333, -103.46595000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 39.92', W 103° 27.957'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 39' 55.20" N, 103° 27' 57.42" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3001-3051 US-20, Harrison NE 69346, US
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