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Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park

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1.5 N, .75 W, 1 N of Ord
18 acres (0 water)

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Contact Information:
Fort Hartsuff SHP
RR 1, Box 37
Burwell,  NE  68823-9801
Phone: (308) 346-4715


Located near Elyria, Fort Hartsuff is typical of Plains infantry outposts. It stood as a buffer between settlers and Indians in the North Loup River valley from 1874 81. Its nine major buildings were built of concrete, which helped them withstand the passage of time. Acquired as a historical park in 1961, it has been restored as it was when soldiers patrolled the Loup and Cedar river valleys and pioneered a new trail to the Black Hills gold fields in the 1870s.


Fort Hartsuff's Visitor Center is located in a historical building built in 1874, which originally housed the commanding officer's office. The area's Visitor Center features interpretive displays and brochures. The gift shop includes books for the serious historian and a wide range of gifts for people of all ages.

Ord Convention and Visitor's Bureau

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

Camping: No

Water: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: No
Showers: No
Laundry: No

Lodging: No

Cabins: 0
Rooms: 0
Dorms: 0
Food Service: No

Trails: No

Hiking: 0 miles
M. Bike: 0 miles
Horse: 0 miles
Trail Rides: No
Allow Horses: No

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 10
Grills: 0
Shelters: 0
Shelters w/ elec.: 0

Boating: No

Ramps: 0
Docks: 0
Fuel Avail.: No
Boat Rental: No
River Access: No

Fishing: No

Cleaning Stations: 0

Swimming: No

Pools: 0
Beaches: 0

Concessions: No

Visitor Center: Yes

The hours to the Visitor Center/Gift Shop are Memorial Day - Labor Day on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grounds are open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

Office on Site: Yes

Fort Hartsuff's Office
Hours: Memorial Weekend - Labor Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only

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