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Final Phase of the Restoration of the Historic 1851 Robidoux Trading Post

Final Phase of the Restoration of the Historic 1851 Robidoux Trading Post

Contact Info:

Karla Niedan-Streeks
Executive Director
Phone:
308.436.6886 or 800.245.0717
Ongoing
Location:
Robidoux Road
Gering, NE 69341
Opportunity Type:
General

The Robidoux 1851 Trading Post, southwest of Gering, has been welcoming visitors since 1851!  Following the Oregon Trail, the pioneers who traveled the path conquered the terrain thanks in part to entities that “welcomed visitors” as early as the 1800’s.  Robidoux Trading Post is a reconstructed post on the exact site of the original post in Carter Canyon, eight miles west of Highway 71 near Gering.  The Post was named for the Robidoux Family, who opened fur trading posts all along the Oregon Trail.  The reconstructed Post outside Gering, known as post number two, is a mirror image of the post used by pioneers between 1851 and 1853; it was excavated and reconstructed from sketches in 1995.  In summer of 2016 during National Tourism Week; Friends of Robidoux Trading Post and volunteers began a reconstruction project to remove the old-deteriorating “chinking” from between the logs of the post and replacing with a new long-life chinking material to restore and stabilize the Post structure.  Friends of Robidoux Trading Post will rely on assistance from volunteers to complete the renovation of the historic Post during National Tourism Week in May of 2017; volunteers will finish installing the new chinking on the inside of the Post, secure a new artificial prairie turf roof on the Post, complete outdoor natural landscape areas around the Post and reinstall the fur trading post artifacts on the inside to be ready for summer 2017 visitors.  The final phase of the Robidoux Trading Post restoration will insure that the Post continues as a major attraction and experience for visitors of today who are “following the Oregon Trail”.

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