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Living History Scheduled at Fort Kearny SHP

LINCOLN – Enjoy a Labor Day weekend of history Sept. 5-7 at Fort Kearny State Historical Park (SHP).

There will be a living history soldiers’ camp and demonstrations starting at 9 a.m. each day and a cannon firing daily at 2 p.m.

On Sept. 6, learn about Buffalo Bill’s connections to Fort Kearny when author and historian Jeff Barnes presents Buffalo Bill’s Nebraska: The Land That Made the Legend at 1 p.m. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was a former scout, bison hunter and showman who built a home called Scout’s Rest Ranch in North Platte in 1886. The home is now Buffalo Bill Ranch SHP.

Fort Kearny, built in 1848, was the first military post established to protect travelers along the Oregon Trail.

Fort Kearny SHP is located 5 miles southeast of Kearney in Kearney County. A park entry permit is required. Call 308-865-5305 for more information.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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