AAA Editor Notes
Fort Atkinson State Historical Park is .5 mi. e. of US 75 at 201 S. 7th St. Active 1820-27, the fort was established as the first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River. A visitor center features talking mannequins re-enacting treaty talks between the Pawnee Indian Nation and the federal government, murals depicting mountain man Jim Bridger and Omaha chief Big Elk, a film chronicling the fort's history and artifacts unearthed during restoration.
Visitors may watch the fort restoration in progress. Living-history demonstrations are staged periodically.