Fort Atkinson

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Fort Atkinson has been called the "top historical spot in Nebraska," the "SAC of 1820," and "America's most important Western outpost." Once the country's largest fortress beyond the Missouri River, its garrison protected America's interests in the burgeoning fur trade, provided a base camp for explorations, played host to famous frontiersmen, and was the site where numerous treaties were signed. But by 1961, Fort Atkinson was endangered. The fort's buildings had vanished over 100 years before. Decades of farming on the land had nearly erased its footprint. A housing development threatened to obliterate the site forever. There was only a marker with a flagpole raised in 1927 by the Daughters of the American Revolution—a lonely object in the midst of an empty plain. This book tells the story of how that lost fortress was restored to become the major state historical park it is today.
ISBN: 9780738583532
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Nebraska
Series: Images of America
Images: 224
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Kenneth C. Flint is an Omaha native and member of the Friends of Fort Atkinson living history program. He has published 15 novels, short fiction, and a variety of nonfiction work. He recently retired from his job as a publications consultant to do more writing and teach writing classes for the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Metropolitan Community College.
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