Fort McPherson Historical

Fort McPherson Historical (HM1X71)

Location: Maxwell, NE 69151 Lincoln County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 5.034', W 100° 32.209'

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The fort was established on the Oregon Trail on the south side of the Platte River in October 1863, on the eve of intensified Indian raids on the Plains.
Built next to the well-known Cottonwood Springs and McDonald ranch, it commanded a strategic north-south Indian trail across the Platte valley.

First known as Cantonment McKean and then Fort Cottonwood, in February 1866 the fort was named for Major-General James B. McPherson.
It served to protect the important Platte valley line of travel and communication and was the base for innumerable scouting parties and for field campaigns in 1865, 1866 and 1869.
General Carr's campaign in 1869 broke the power of the Cheyennes and cleared the surrounding area from more than temporary Indian threats.

The Russian prince Alexis prepared here for his famous buffalo hunt in 1871.
General Custer, Buffalo Bill, the North Brothers and their Pawnee scouts were often at the Fort.

The fort was abandoned in 1880, but a portion of the military reservation is now the Fort McPherson National Cemetery where rest soldiers from McPherson and other frontier forts.
HM NumberHM1X71
Placed ByLincoln County Historical Society and Historical Land Mark Council
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Date Added Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 370913 N 4549208
Decimal Degrees41.08390000, -100.53681667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 5.034', W 100° 32.209'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 5' 2.04" N, 100° 32' 12.54" W
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Area Code(s)308
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near S Jackson Rd, Maxwell NE 69151, US
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