- Associated Press - Saturday, August 29, 2015

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - Demonstrations, cannon blasts and a soldiers camp will be parts of a three-day Labor Day weekend of history at Fort Kearny State Historical Park.

Buffalo Bill’s connections to Fort Kearny will be covered Sept. 6 when author and historian Jeff Barnes presents “Buffalo Bill’s Nebraska: The Land That Made the Legend.” William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was a scout, bison hunter and showman who built a home called Scout’s Rest Ranch in North Platte in 1886.

Fort Kearny was built in 1848 and was the first military post established to protect travelers along the Oregon Trail.

The park sits 5 miles southeast of Kearney in Kearney County. A park entry permit is required. Call 308-865-5305 for more information.

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