Fort Kearny - Kearney, NE
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme
N 40° 38.615 W 099° 00.258
14T E 499636 N 4499192
Quick Description: A home station for the Pony Express.
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 7/6/2010 1:55:00 PM
Waymark Code: WM96KY
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Long Description:
Fort Kearney Historical Park has on display replica buildings of the fort and preserves foundation footprint of the original fort site. A Nebraska Historical Marker in the center of the park describes the significance of Fort Kearny throughout its years of service, including its contribution to the Pony Express.

The historical marker reads as follows:

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 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 1860s the fort had become a significant state 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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