Fort Lisa (Nebraska)

Fort Lisa (Nebraska)

Fort Lisa (Nebraska)

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Fort Lisa (1812–1823) was established in 1812 by famed fur trader Manuel Lisa and the Missouri Fur Company, based in Saint Louis. The fort was in the present-day neighborhood of North Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. It was associated with several firsts in Nebraska history, including Lisa as the first European farmer in Nebraska; the first American settlement set up in the then-recent Louisiana Purchase; the first woman resident of European descent in Nebraska (Lisa's third wife); and the first steamboat to navigate Nebraska waters, the Western Engineer, which arrived at Fort Lisa on September 19, 1819.


Lisa established Fort Lisa about 12 miles north of what became Omaha after he abandoned his trading posts on the Upper Missouri: Fort Raymond/Manuel in Montana and the original Fort Lisa in North Dakota. The War of 1812 disrupted the fur trade with Native Americans for years.

Fort Lisa (Nebraska) was located, "at a point between five and six miles below the original Council Bluff - where Lewis and Clark had a council with the Missouri and Otoe Indians, August 3, 1804, and now the site of the town of Fort Calhoun..."Morton & Watkins. (1918) History of Nebraska. p. 53, on, Retrieved 5/28/08 The site of Fort Lisa is located at 11808 John J. Pershing Drive in the northwest corner of Hummel Park, north of Florence, Nebraska. The fort...
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