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Soldiers at Ft. Robinson, early 20th century
Ft. Robinson Stage Coach ride, 1979. Photo: Jack Curran, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Ft. Robinson 125th Anniversary

Located at the confluence of the White River and Soldier Creek near Crawford, Nebraska, Fort Robinson has a rich and varied history. Involved from its earliest beginnings in Indian conflict, it was the site of the Cheyenne Outbreak, in which many Cheyenne captives were killed while attempting to escape. The celebrated Sioux warrior Crazy Horse also died here. The fort was home to the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th Cavalry in 1885. After World War I it became the world's largest center for training and breeding Army horses, and the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team trained there from 1935 to 1939. In 1948 it ceased to be an active military camp and was used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a beef cattle research station until 1971.

Today Fort Robinson is a state park and museum offering a number of educational and recreational experiences on its 22,000 acres. For its 125th anniversary celebration held June 5, 1999, events included a 19th-century black powder camp re-enactment, cavalry and infantry re-enactments, horseshoeing and mule-packing demonstrations, a Mountain Man Run, and a concert by the 4th Artillery Regimental Band. Fort Robinson's history and its 125 anniversary are documented in text, a videotape, slides, promotional publications, and news articles.

Originally submitted by: J. Robert Kerrey, Senator.

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