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The best kept secret in Eastern Nebraska and a photographers dream!

Ft. Atkinson is located 8 miles North of interstate I-80 in Omaha. It is in the town of Ft. Calhoun and is part of the Nebraska State Park System.

Building on Ft Atkinson NE

Building on Ft Atkinson NE

Building on Ft Atkinson NE

Building on Ft Atkinson NE

Interior Ft Atkinson Nebraska

Interior Ft Atkinson Nebraska

The fort was the first to be established west of the Missouri River and was originated in 1819. It was no longer utilized after 1827. The fort was reconstructed in the 80’s and 90’s. The fort included a number of frontiersman including trappers, traders, and soldiers. It had over 1000 residents.

Initially an encampment was established along the river below the bluffs in 1819. The winter was brutal, supplies were low and scurvy was prevalent. The fort was moved up to the bluff and named Ft Atkinson.

Re-enactments are held regularly at the fort. Below are some examples of the individuals involved.

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

This was taken with a 4×5 speed graphic click here to see the extreme detail ¬†file:///C:/Users/steve/Desktop/b&w-external/img254.html

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

The upper four photos were taken with a speed graphic using Ilford hp5+ film developed in Ilfosol.

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

Ft. Atkinson, Nebraska

More information can be found at this link http://www.fortatkinsononline.org/