Monday, July 3, 2017

Fort Robinson



One of the most important Western forts post Civil War, the place has been fairly well preserved and is now a well run state park.




Buffalo Soldiers



Native Americans





Will not debate the treatment of Native Americans but will present a little of their point of view. They were doomed after the Civil War because two of the hardest Union Generals, Sherman and Sheridan, were put in charge of subduing them.

Sheridan introduced winter campaigns with battle tested officers and soldiers well supplied.


From the front veranda looking at the parade grounds. As a Calvary post, there was need for space. Imagine the sight of two regiments passing in review.





Can't escape the damned nanny state, can we?

Statement on today's trends?





Glider Operations during WWII




Prisoner of War Camp
An Uncle who had eye problems but was still able to serve escorted German POWs.


Longhorns
The Fort is an important part of the effort to save the Longhorn cattle breed. They also raise bison and all buffalo meat and beef served in the restaurant and snack bars are from these herds.


Some of the historic building are available for rent, both as "hotel" accommodations and reunions.



Lots of things to do. Stagecoach rides and horseback tours.

For historians and/or writers wanting to broaden their understanding of the era this place represents, I encourage a longer stay. Prices are reasonable, the employees of the park are outstanding, and the entire area kept to a high standard.


Hills to the West



A welcome change to the endless prairies.

12 comments:

  1. That's nothing short of cool! Nebraska does a great job keeping the place alive and prosperous. That's the way a park needs to be run.

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    1. Though I didn't stay there, the adjacent RV Park is outstanding. Well treed so shady and cooler. Reservations crucial.

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  2. Outstanding!

    The first time we were in Colorado we went all "touristy", and took a trip up to the Terry Bison Ranch, right off I-25.

    Had a ball riding the little railroad and feeding the bison.

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    1. Thank you. Once did Thanksgiving at TBR. Good experience.

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  3. This is going on my bucket-list. I love historical places, especially those of the Old West. I could have spent a few days at the Custer Battlefield, but time would not allow that pleasure. Hopefully I can make the trip in the near future. Enjoyed this post.

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    1. People with psychic abilities (which I totally lack) have some amazing experiences at the Greasy Grass. A place I did feel something was at Summit Springs South of Sterling, CO.

      https://coloradoencyclopedia.org/article/battle-summit-springs

      Not a developed site, and much is private property. The Natives have their own ad hoc monument which I found interesting.

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  4. Dang. Obviously I need to get back out west! This looks worth a visit!

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  5. Old NFO
    3:32 PM (18 minutes ago)

    to me
    Old NFO has left a new comment on your post "Fort Robinson":

    I might have to do that for 'research' purposes...

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    1. The nearby town of Crawford retains much of the early 20th Century railroad flavor and history. In fact, Crawford is worth a day visit and has an outstanding City Park. Doesn't look like much from Highway 20 but the business district is amazing. One of the few small towns without a lot of vacant businesses.

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  6. I have a couple retired cop friends both from Crawford. Neat history, albeit not always neat. But it is great for understanding the times. Well worth the visit.

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