The California Gold Rush and Overland Stages carrying mail and emigrants lured by free land opportunities contributed to making Fort Kearny a bustling center of activity. The post continued to expand in size and importance as both a military post and center of civil government.
It's last function of importance was protection during the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad . The railroad brought settlers and town developers and the growth of Kearney County had begun. The Kearney County Museum in Minden welcomes you to share in this historical development.
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The Minden depot is a brick/stucco structure completed in 1913. The original frame depot was then used as a freight house placed to the west of the passenger depot. The engineering department of the old CB&Q, predecessor of BN, designed several floor plans during the period of 1910-1920Minden, NE Railroad History
Campers will find south-central Nebraska's Fort Kearny State Recreation Area much to their liking. Once called Kearney County SRA, this rec area boasts excellent camping facilities. The attractive 152-acre area was acquired by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 1960Minden, NE Recreation