Fort Hartsuff 1874 ~ 1881 # 70
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Biker Ozzy
N 41° 40.513 W 099° 00.010
14T E 499985 N 4613717
Historical marker for Fort Hartsuff.
Waymark Code: WM69F0
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 04/27/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 9

Marker reads as follows.


The North Loup Valley provided a route for the Sioux raids upon the Pawnee. In 1872 white settlers moved into the valley. Sioux depredations at Sioux Creek in October 1873 and at Pebble Creek in January of 1874 prompted the settlers to request military protection.

The fort, originally designated as "Post on the North Fork of the Loup River," was established on September 5, 1874. On December 9, 1874, the post was renamed in honor of Major General George L. Hartsuff.

Fort Hartsuff became the center of the social life of the valley, and through disbursement of supplies, helped to offset the effects of the drought and grasshopper invasions of the early 1870's. The fort's major military engagement came at the Battle of the Blow Out in April of 1876. The action resulted in the death of First Sergeant Dougherty when troops commanded by Lieutenant Heyl routed a band of hostile Sioux.

By 1881 the railroad was extended into the valley, an orderly civilian government had been established and the threat of hostilities was ended. Fort Hartsuff was abandoned on May 1, 1881. Today it is a State Historical Park.

Valley County Historical Society
Historical Land Mark Council

Nebr. ll, east of Elyria
Valley County
Marker 70
Marker Name: Fort Hartsuff 1874 ~ 1881

Roadside: yes

City: Not Listed

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Web Address if available:: Not listed

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