Fort Robinson was probably best known for the place where Crazy Horse, the great Oglala Sioux war-chief, chose to surrender himself and his 900 warriors. Unfortunately, it was also where he was killed during a scuffle when he was being jailed months later.
During 74 years, it served as a frontier fort, a base during the Indian Wars, support for the Red Cloud Indian Agency that distributed supplies to the natives, prepared horses for the cavalry, trained war dogs, prisoner of war camp during World War II, cattle research center, and now a state park.
The museum had displays about the history, mission, and those that served at the fort. A sample officer’s quarters had period furnishings and explained how they lived. There were monuments to both Lt. Robinson, for whom the fort was named, and to Crazy Horse.
For a fee, there were hay wagon, and stagecoach rides. I had a very good lunch at the Lodge which was formerly a Barracks. Also, drove a road that went into the surrounding hills looking for the bison herd that hid from me. The area was also where some Cheyenne fled when they escaped from being poorly treated while imprisoned.
I wasn’t planning to visit the fort. But, when I read it was the end place for Crazy Horse, it seemed a fitting resolution for my previous visits to the Little Bighorn Battlefield, and the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills.
Site: Ft. Robinson SP
Scene: Historic fort, buildings, museum