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Description - This information was provided by NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION

The first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River, Fort Atkinson was established in 1820 on recommendation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Located at Fort Calhoun, the fort was important to the early fur trade, river traffic and Indian relations.

Much of the historic outpost has been reconstructed, and interpretive work continues. Living history demonstrations are scheduled periodically during the summer.

Living history demonstrations are staged periodically at the fort ... the blacksmith and gunsmith set up at the Armorer's Shop, while volunteers interpret rifle regiment activities in various rooms along the west barracks wall. The carpenter and cooper also have workshops there, and at times, the indian Agent can be found in his quarters at the Council House. General information and interpretive schedules are available at the visitor center.

The grounds are open year-round, and the Harold W. Andersen visitor center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. There is a small picnic area near the fortification parking area. While no food or lodging is available at the park, camping, restaurants and overnight accommodations are available nearby. Tour groups should contact the superintendent's office in advance to make special arrangements.

Please do not smoke on the trail or in the buildings. Grassland fires are especially dangerous and spread rapidly. Do not disturb the archaeological remains or take historic objects. Pets are permitted on the grounds but must be kept on a leash.

The Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The visitor Center is also open on weekends only from April 30th through May 22nd and September 10th through October 22nd. Park grounds open at 8 a.m. daily.

Living History Schedule for 2006, with interpretation hours from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., as follows: Living History schedule with interpretations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as follows: May 6 & 7; June 3 & 4; July 1 & 2; August 5 & 6; Sept. 2 & 3; Sept. 30 & Oct 1. On these days, volunteers portray life at an 1820's military fort. For further information please call or email the park. If you wish to book a site tour outside of the normal operating time, please contact the park.

Attractions - Modern Restroom: Yes Trails: Yes Hiking: 2 miles Picnicking: Yes Picnic Tables: 9 Visitor Center: Yes Visitor Center is open Memorial Day - Labor day Daily 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. First Saturday after labor Day through first Sunday in October; Weekends only Sat & Sun 10 am to 5 pm Living history weekends, visitor center hours will be 11 am to 5 pm Remainder of year by scheduled appointments only. Office on Site: Yes Visitor Center is open Memorial Day - Labor day Daily 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. First Saturday after labor Day through first Sunday in October; Weekends only Sat & Sun 10 am to 5 pm Living history weekends, visitor center hours will be 11 am to 5 pm Remainder of year by scheduled appointments only.

Recreation - There is a small picnic area near the fortification parking area. While no food or lodging is available at the park, camping, restaurants and overnight accommodations are available nearby.

Climate - Nebraska has a moderate climate with high humidity. The relative humidity in this state averages 70 percent throughout the year. Winter temperatures normally average between 20 and 45 degrees F. March brings warmer weather and temperatures above freezing for most of the month. Spring is in full swing by late April when temperatures often reach above 60 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach highs of 95 degrees F frequently, with warm weather continuing into mid September. Crisp fall weather truly begins in October when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the low 40s. The wettest time of the year in this state is late spring through summer.

Location -

From Omaha: I 680 Exit 12 take Hwy. 75 North 8 miles to Fort Calhoun, turn right onto Madison Street go 1 mile East, the Park entrance is to the left.

From Blair: Take Hwy. 75 South 9 miles, turn left onto Madison Street go 1 mile East, the Park entrance is to the left.


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More Information

Contact Information:
Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, PO Box 240 , Fort Calhoun, NEBRASKA, 68023-0240, Phone: (402) 468-5611
, Fort.Atkinson@ngpc.ne.gov

Additional Information:
Nebraska's Historic Sites -

Links:
Fort Atkinson State Historical Park - Official site of Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

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