Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park – Burwell, Nebraska

Fort Hartsuff.jpgFort Hartsuff State Historical Park – Burwell, Nebraska

Fort Hartsuff was an active fort from 1874 to 1881offering protection for the settlers during the Plains Indian  Wars.  It also became a social center for  the people of the plains area.  The settlers sold their goods, found work and socialized at the fort.  When the train came through the area there was no longer a need for the fort and it was closed.

The Park is now comprised of 1280 acres of land under the management of the state park group.

The nine original permanent buildings on the Park grounds are constructed of grout, a mixture of gravel, lime, and cement similar to concrete. Some former temporary structures and other features such as the original Fort cemetery are on private property.

Abandoned in 1881, the buildings were purchased by the Union Pacific Railroad, whose intention to establish an immigrant center here was never realized. In 1897 the site was purchased by local investors. It became a farm headquarters until donated to the State of Nebraska in 1961 by Glen and Lillian Auble of Ord. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is responsible for restoration and maintenance of the Park as a part of the state-wide Historical Parks system. The Park and surrounding district was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

An admission fee of $2 per adult and $1 for children under 13 (under 3 is free).

Location: 82038 Fort Ave, 10 mi. S.E. on NE Hwy 11 to Elyria, 3 1/2 mi. N.

Grounds open year-round, daily, 8am-5pm. Gift shop open late May-Labor Day, weekends, 10am-5pm; or by appt. Park permit required. 308-346-4715 After season and after hours tours may be conducted at superintendent’s discretion.

Park permit required.

Phone: 308-346-4715


  1. We have 3 grandsons ages 9, 11, 13. Would this be a place that would pique their interest. They are relatively quiet well behaved boys and we want something they can relate to and enjoy.

  2. Hi,
    The boys would probably think it is neat, the tour guides wear period costumes and tell the story of the fort and the history of the era. It will be a good experience for them.

    Pat Watson

  3. Jay O'Leary says:

    I believe that my great-grandfather, Andrew Hammond O’Leary, was born at Fort Hartsuff on December 20, 1874. Do you know of any records of births and deaths there?