Fort Atkinson State Historical Park
The reconstructed 1820s log fort is one of the premier historical sites in Nebraska and sits on 157 acres atop “Council Bluff,” the site of the first meeting between the 1804 Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Oto-Missouria. We invite you to visit the garrison and discover the rich history preserved here.
Living history demonstrations take place periodically throughout the summer and fall with reenactors portraying fur traders, coopers, blacksmiths, carpenters, tinsmiths, weavers and other period trades.
The first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River, Fort Atkinson was established in 1820 on recommendation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Located at Fort Calhoun, the fort was important to the early fur trade, river traffic and Indian relations. It was an active fort until 1827.
Much of the historic outpost has been reconstructed, and interpretive work continues. Living history demonstrations are scheduled periodically during the summer.
Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center interprets the history of the fort and contains displays of artifacts. The Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Those who wish to visit the visitor center outside the summer months can call the park and arrange for a tour.