Fort Robinson is a former U.S. Army fort and a major feature of Fort Robinson State Park, a 22000acre public recreation and historic preservation area located 2mi west of Crawford on U.S. Route 20 in the Pine Ridge region of northwest Nebraska. The fort was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and is part of the Fort Robinson and Red Cloud Agency historic district, which includes Fort Robinson and the site of the second Red Cloud Agency (about 1.5mi to the east). The district also includes the Camp Camby site and the 1886 Percy Homestead. The fort is managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, with some individual buildings operated by the Nebraska State Historical Society and the University of Nebraska.
In August 1873, the Red Cloud Agency was moved from the North Platte River to the White River, near what is now Crawford, Nebraska, in the northwest corner of the state. The following March, the U. S. Government authorized the establishment of a military camp at the agency site. Some 13,000 Lakota had been resettled at the Agency, some of them hostile. There were continuing tensions between whites and Lakota on the Great Plains, who had been forced off much of their territory.
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Fort Robinson located in NW Nebraska is the full meal deal. Lodging, restaurant and activities all topped off with a good helping of western hospitality. The Post Playhouse during the summer is a... more »
Wonderful history from Indian Wars thru WWII. Site of Crazy Horse’s murder in 1877, plus the Red Cloud Agency and WWII German POW camp. We had a great lunch in the dining room, too. All the staff... more »
Relaxing, educational, plenty of activities for the whole family. Great historical exhibits. Hiking from leisurely walks to brisk climbs, horse back riding, camping, or renting refurbished officers quarters for family reunions. Never realized so much in my own back yard...Nebraska, check it out.
Spectacular views, very kid friendly, huge area for bicycling, acres of cut grass for kids to play, Many fabulous fun activities, but I would definitely skip the buffalo stew cookout. Too many ticks, no guitar sing-along, no Black Bart. Mary Poppins at the playhouse was excellent. We were there the first week in June and the staff shortage cut the hours of the restaurant, however the food was great and the service excellent. We stayed in 14b which is a phenomenal facility, 5 bedrooms, three and a half baths, huge gathering area, large kitchen. We had 40 there one night for a family reunion. I would definitely rate our lodging five star. $500/ night for the whole unit and well worth it. We have had 4 family reunions there over the years and it seems to be the go-to spot.
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