Fort Kearny Visitor Center
100th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp
Visitor Center Entrance
Display of artifacts found on the grounds of Fort Kearny
Replica of the first post office in Kearney County, located at Fort Kearny
Beaver pelt display and original cottonwood tree section
Fort Kearny diorama 1870
Fort Kearny diorama 1849
Pony Express 100th Anniversary Commemorative Plaque
Backstory and Context
The Fort Kearny State Historical Park Visitor Center was constructed in 1968. This brick building house exhibits on the history of the fort, its uses over the years, and those who lived there. The visitor center also has displays on the Pawnee Scouts, the Pony Express, the Overland Trails, homesteaders, and the first post office in Kearney County. Many artifacts on display were discovered on the grounds of the fort during archeological digs or were donated by local residents.
The small gift shop has books and souvenirs relating to US military history, the pony express, native Americans, women on the Oregon trail, sandhill cranes, and Nebraska wildlife. Visitors may view an 18-minute video about the fort and its history or an 18-minute video on spring migration and the sandhill cranes. During the sandhill crane migration, the Visitor Center doubles as an information center for bird watchers, providing maps and information on the spring migration for visitors.
Accessed November 17th 2020. www.outdoornebraska.gov/fortkearny.