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Fort Robinson Passport stop offers history, recreation

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Nestled into the Pine Ridge region of northwest Nebraska is Fort Robinson State Park.

Many people visit to go horseback riding or camping, but Fort Robinson is also home to hundreds of years of history.

"This is one of Nebraska's premier state parks, as well as one of Nebraska's premier historic sites," said James Potter Senior Historian, Nebraska State Historical Society.
Fort Robinson State Park offers visitors the best of both worlds: history and fun.
"They dovetail rather neatly, because of the scenery and all of the recreational activities that Fort Robinson State Park offers, it brings a lot of people here, and I think sometimes when they come they are suddenly surprised at how much history there is here," Potter said.
Fort Rob is one of the 80 stops on this year's Nebraska Passport Program, it's a part of the 'Stars and Stripes' tour that honors the state's military history.
"In the early years, Fort Robinson started as an Indian wars frontier military army post."
Through the years Fort Rob transitioned to many things, from an Army post, to a K9 training center, to a German Prisoner of War camp.

In the 70's Fort Rob was converted to a State Park, but the history is still there.
"The neat thing about Fort Rob, or one of the neat things, is many of the original military buildings still stand here on the post. Many of them have been turned into tourist accommodations, so if you would like to stay in an 1875 officer's quarters, you can certainly make reservations," Potter said.
A museum has also been established that tells the history of Fort Robinson, from its early days through world war two.
"Its just a great recreational area, couple that with great history, and you just have an unparalleled place."

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