Fort Atkinson

Fort Atkinson (HM4XC)

Location: Fort Calhoun, NE 68023 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 27.364', W 96° 1.581'

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Civilization came to the west bank of the Missouri with establishment of Fort Atkinson in 1820 about a half mile southeast of here. Named after its founder, General Henry Atkinson, this western-most Fort protected the frontier's developing commerce.

Established as a temporary camp in 1819, Fort Atkinson was the largest and strongest outpost above St. Louis. The permanent post went up a year later on the site of Lewis and Clark's Council with the Oto and Missouri Indians.

From Fort Atkinson troops under the command of Col. Henry Leavenworth moved up the Missouri River in 1823 to punish the Arikara Indians after an attack on William H. Ashley's fur trading party. Members of the garrison ascended the river in 1825 on a mission of peace, participating in a series of treaties with the Indians.

This spearhead of white civilization was abandoned in 1827. But in seven years Fort Atkinson had brought the first school, the first white family life, a library, a sawmill, a brickyard, a grist mill, and large-scale agriculture to the west bank of the Missouri.
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HM NumberHM4XC
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
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Marker Number2
Placed ByHistorical Land Mark Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 2:40pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 748370 N 4593655
Decimal Degrees41.45606667, -96.02635000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 27.364', W 96° 1.581'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 27' 21.84" N, 96° 1' 34.86" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-128 US-75, Fort Calhoun NE 68023, US
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