Standind on the back veranda of the Administration Building at Fort Rob, looking out over the blue sky, majestic buttes covered with pines, I was struck for the first time by the beauty of home that the Native Americans were fighting for during late 1860’s and early 1870’s. Steeped in the history of the plains, this Fort, now a destination state park, gives the best of the Nebraska park system. It has all of the amenities of Mahoney, plus a prehistoric museum and a Nebraska history museum. Many buildings are original. Some have been reconstructed in accordance with the original design. The U.S. Troops who arrived at Wounded Knee after the massacre were from here. Crazy Horse died here at the hands of the U.S. military. The Red Cloud Agency is here. A POW camp for German soldiers during WWII is here, as was a state of the art equine facility pre WWII. The great news is that Nebraska agencies, Game and Parks, Historical Society, UNL and Chadron State College coordinate it all.!!