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Fort Kearney State Park 'Cannon Firing' © Jerry Stuhr
Cannon Firing at Fort Kearney on Labor Day 2010.
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Nebraska
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Fort Kearney State Park
FORT KEARNEY STATE PARK
FORT KEARNEY STATE PARK

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Fort Kearney State Park
'Cannon Firing'

Cannon Firing at Fort Kearney on Labor Day 2010.

Fort Kearney State Park
'Bridge on the Platte RIver'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Trail in Fort Kearney State Park'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Platte River'
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Fort Kearney State Park
© Copyright Mark W. Nielsen 2008

Fort Kearney State Park
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Covered wagon near Ft. Kearney Visitor Center'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Authentic covered wagon'
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Fort Kearney State Park
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Entrance to Blacksmith and carpenter shop'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Cannon located within the Blacksmith shop'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Wagon near Blacksmith/Carpenters Shop'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Blacksmith Shop with sod roof'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Fort Kearney Historical Marker'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Blacksmith shop from the west.'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Inside the East Fort Fort Mitchel'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Visitor information inside the East Fort'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Placcard inside the fort'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Cannon on west side of grounds'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Ft. Kearney State Park Visitor Center'
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Fort Kearney State Park
'Spring Water'

Built to protect Overland Trail travelers, Fort Kearny SHP near Kearney was a stage station, home station for the Pony Express, outfitting depot for Indian campaigns and home of the Pawnee Scouts. The stockade, parade grounds and blacksmith shop have been rebuilt.

Archeological exploration by the Nebraska State Historical Society to locate building sites and other features has helped the Commission develop the park to give visitors an insight into the conditions and events contemporary with the settlement of the American West.

This history is revealed in several exhibits in the interpretive center and in the carpenter-blacksmith shop. Walkways lead to the stockade where more information is available.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingElectric Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
Camping is available at nearby Fort Keany State Recreation Area. Campers will find south-central Nebraska's Fort Kearny State Recreation Area much to their liking. The attractive 152-acre area is located 3/4 mile east and 1 mile north of Fort Kearny State Historical Park.

Camping Facilities:75 camping pads with electrical hookups*35 camping pads without electricity*20/30 - 50 1-year advance reservable campsites

Fort Kearny is a year-round recreation area that provides modern camping. There are showers and modern restrooms, plus a trailer dump station. Stately cottonwood trees, some over 100 years old, shade much of the camping area.

All campers must register. Reservations are accepted. Reservations are taken for 50% of the modern camping. Reservations are taken up to 1 year in advance of arrival day.
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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 27 Our Favorite Park!! by Mary
Its our favorite place to camp. Lots of shade, very kind and helpful park workers, great fishing, great trail and overall, just a nice clean place to take a relaxing, peaceful weekend!!
August 25 Great place by K & D
We recently held our wedding out there and the park staff were excelent in helping us feel at home. The land was beautiful and well taken care of.
July 19 find somewhere else by william
You got to pay to take to shower. It is 75 cents for the 3 Minutes. It will take $20.00 to get your car in on top of your lot rent.
June 21 New Addition by James
In June of 2010, Governor Dave Heineman signed a Proclamation re-establishing the 2nd Battalion, Nebraska Veteran Calvary, the unit will be at the Fort on three major holidays, memorial day weekend, 4th of July weekend, and Labor day weekend. This historical Calvary unit served at the fort during the Indian Wars, the unit is historically correct in every possible aspect; bugle calls used by the Calvary can be heard at differing times to announce the activities of the troop at the fort.
July 9 Better than parks in other states. by Christine Scott
A great family place. Fun to watch when the fish are fed. Good walking paths. Fellow cammpers are quiet at night. Park workers are very helpful and pleasant. Wish the fish had been biting!


Area Campgrounds

Pioneer Village Motel & Campground
224 East Highway 6
Minden, NE


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Directions
Driving directions for Fort Kearny SHPTo get to Fort Kearny State Historical Park, you would take I-80 to the Minden exit, 279 south on Hwy 10 for 3 miles. Next, turn west onto Hwy 50A for 3 miles. Or from the Kearney exit, 272 south on Hwy 44 for 2 miles. Then east on Hwy 50A for 4 miles. Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, 1 mile east and 1 mile north of the Historical Park.

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