12 votes

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

201 S 7th St, Fort Calhoun, Nebraska 68023 USA

Open Now
Mon 8a-5p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
  • Outdoor
Add to Trip
Remove Ads

“Established on the recommendation of Lewis and Clark”

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. Much of the historic outpost has been reconstructed, and interpretive work continues. Living history demonstrations are scheduled periodically during the summer. Living history demonstrations are staged periodically at the fort ... the blacksmith and gunsmith set up at the Armorer's Shop, while other volunteers interpret military and civilian activities in various rooms along the west barracks wall. The carpenter and cooper also have workshops there, and at times, the Indian Agent can be found in his quarters at the Council House. General information and interpretive schedules are available at the visitor center. Northeast of the visitor center is a statue display area of the "First Council" depicting the 1804 meeting between Lewis & Clark and the Oto-Missouria. The grounds are open year-round, and the Harold W. Andersen visitor center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. There is a small picnic area near the fortification parking area. While no food or lodging is available at the park, camping, restaurants and overnight accommodations are available nearby. Tour groups should contact the superintendent's office in advance to make special arrangements. Please do not smoke on the trail or in the buildings. Grassland fires are especially dangerous and spread rapidly. Do not disturb the archaeological remains or take historic objects. Pets are permitted on the grounds but must be kept on a leash. The Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center will be open daily from May 25 through September 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends May 4 through May 19 and from September 7 through October 13. An admission fee of $2 per adult & $1 for children is required for the Visitor Center.

Read More >
Add Review
Your Rating

Reviewed by

  • 51 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
January 07, 2022
Rated 4.0

This was a good stop to get out and stretch our legs. We really enjoyed the trails with the historical markers. Our 2 year old loved the statues especially Lewis's dog Seaman.It was fun to walk around the fort but it would have been better if we had came during one of the reenactment days. The gift shop was not open unfortunately so it was a pretty quick stop.

Was this helpful?

Be the first to add a review to the Fort Atkinson State Historical Park.

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

201 S 7th St
Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
68023 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Problem with this listing? Let us know.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Outdoor Seating
See More Details (14)

Parking, Dining

Remove Ads

Nearby Hotels

Council Bluffs, Iowa
Council Bluffs, Iowa

Click to discover a
great deal!

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Click to discover a
great deal!

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Related Trip Guides

  • Trip Guide
  • 1 Week

Road Trip Down US 83: The Road to Nowhere

  • 36 Places
  • 34:43
  • 1,869 mi
  • Trip Guide
  • 1 Week

A road trip along the Great River Road

  • 35 Places
  • 37:29
  • 1,907 mi
  • Trip Guide

The top things to do on a U.S. Route 20 road trip

  • 23 Places
  • 60:25
  • 3,576 mi
  • Trip Guide

The top things to do on an I-80 road trip

  • 35 Places
  • 53:41
  • 3,194 mi
Remove Ads