Fort Kearny

Fort Kearny (HMT0P)

Location: Kearney, NE 68847 Kearney County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 38.526', W 99° 0.41'

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The growth of overland emigration to Oregon after 1842 resulted in the establishment of military posts across the West to protect travelers. The first post, Fort Kearny, was established in the spring of 1848 "near the head of the Grand Island" along the Platte River by Lieutenant Daniel P. Woodbury. It was first called Fort Childs, but in 1848 the post was renamed Fort Kearny in honor of General Stephen Watts Kearny.

Despite its lack of fortifications, Fort Kearny served as a way station, sentinel post, supply depot, and message center for 49'ers bound for California and homeseekers traveling to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. By the 1860's the fort had become a significant stage and freighting station and home station of the Pony Express. During the Indian Wars of 1864-1865 a small stockade was apparently built upon the earth embankment still visible. Although never under attack, the post did serve as an outfitting depot for several Indian campaigns.

One of the fort's final duties was the protection of workers building the Union Pacific. In 1871, two years after the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the fort was discontinued as a military post. This site has been entered on the National Register of Historic Places.
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HM NumberHMT0P
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
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Marker Number229
Placed ByNebraska Games and Parks Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 12:08pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 499422 N 4499028
Decimal Degrees40.64210000, -99.00683333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 38.526', W 99° 0.41'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 38' 31.56" N, 99° 0' 24.60" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1000-1022 State Hwy 50A, Kearney NE 68847, US
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