Fort Calhoun

Welcome to Fort Calhoun, Nebraska

Located just eight miles from the Omaha metropolitan area, Fort Calhoun is nestled on the bluff overlooking the Missouri River valley in central Washington County in eastern Nebraska. Fort Calhoun offers small town living with the closeness of big town amenities.

Fort Calhoun is rich in history and is home to the...

Welcome to Fort Calhoun, Nebraska

Located just eight miles from the Omaha metropolitan area, Fort Calhoun is nestled on the bluff overlooking the Missouri River valley in central Washington County in eastern Nebraska. Fort Calhoun offers small town living with the closeness of big town amenities.

Fort Calhoun is rich in history and is home to the Lewis and Clark Council Bluff, the historic Frahm House and the Washington County Museum. Also in close proximity to Fort Calhoun are Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, and Desoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, city parks, trails and views of the Missouri River Valley are abundant.

Fort Calhoun has a diverse business base including Wilkinson Industries, Inc., OPPD Nuclear Power Station and Martin Marietta Materials Fort Calhoun Quarry. Fort Calhoun welcomes new businesses into the community and embraces their existing businesses. A new commercial subdivision sits directly on Highway 75 and is currently ready for occupancy. Families that are looking to move to Fort Calhoun can expect to find a mixture of new and established homes to choose from as well as acreage's that line the outskirts of our community.

The Fort Calhoun Community School District is an independent district that provides quality education to K - !2 students as well as offering Pre-School (limited) and the Pioneer Learning Center. The district offers open enrollment options to students from across the Omaha metropolitan area. Many families from other areas of the metro choose to enroll their children in the Fort Calhoun Community School District because of their smaller class sizes and exceptional learning environment. 

Fort Calhoun is small town living at its best! We invite you to come see what Fort Calhoun has to offer!

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    Washington County Museum

    Serving Washington County for 75 Years!

    Visit the oldest county museum in the state of Nebraska. The Washington County Museum has been operating since the 1920’s, first in the home of “Grandad” Woods, then in the old Fort Calhoun State Bank that went bankrupt during the depression. See this bank and museum in the heart of historic Fort Calhoun, just a short drive on Highway 75 north of Omaha.

    Our history starts with Lewis & Clark, who stopped here for their first council with the Otoe & Missouria native tribes. William Clark wrote home that this “council on the bluff” would be an ideal spot for a military installation, and 15 years later, Fort Atkinson was established as the largest fort of its day, home to the 6th Infantry. See artifacts from the digs at Fort Atkinson, then jump across the street to tour the rebuilt fort and 1820’s military life.

    See the history of this county that welcomed famous mountain men, Mormon Pioneers, and early homesteaders to Nebraska. The museum tells the story through Native American artifacts, military relics, and stories of the early pioneers. Our library contains thousands of genealogical records, old newspapers and court records relating to Washington County.

    While you are here, visit the 1905 Frahm House, located one block west, and see the story of the Frahm Family, early Fort Calhoun pioneers. This lovely Victorian Home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is available for tours, group functions and afternoon teas by appointment.

    Whether you are a Nebraska native wanting to see something new, or an out-of-state traveler looking for historic stops, call us today and we can help make your visit a step back in time.

  • Ft Atkinson SHP

    Welcome to the online home of the Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, sponsored by the Friends of Fort Atkinson and the Fort Atkinson Foundation.  The reconstructed 1820's log fort is one of the premier historical sites in Nebraska and sits on 157 acres atop "Council Bluff," the site of the first meeting between the 1804 Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Oto-Missouria.  We invite you to visit the garrison and discover the rich history preserved here.