Alkali Station is an archaeological site approximately 10 miles east of Ogallala, Nebraska on land purchased by the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation in 2019.

What is Alkali Station?

During the great expansion west in the 1850’s and 1860’s the Alkali Station served as a rest stop and staging area for migrants and transporters. It was a home station for Pony Express riders where they could stretch and change horses. Later, it became a telegraph station. Alkali Station was an army base during the Civil War and early phases of the conflict of the Indian War, where soldiers trained and guarded travelers. It was visited by world travelers like Richard F. Burton.

Alkali Station survives as a well-preserved archaeological site because, unlike most other sections of the Overland Trail, it has never been plowed. Remains of sod buildings, walls, and corrals that were raised at the site are all visible and a broad swath of historic trail ruts can be seen leading to and past the site. Because of its importance and integrity, Alkali Station has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation acquired this property to assure preservation of the site due to its importance in American’s pioneer history. The acquisition does create unavoidable obligations for on-going maintenance costs and debt involved in acquiring the site must be retired. You are invited to be a part of creating a legacy of historical significance by making a contribution to the Alkali Station fund.

Alkali Station pasture
Pete Peters and Marvin Stumpf with a Flag Pole at Alkali Station

Lesson Plan!  If you or someone you know teaches Nebraska History at an elementary level, click here for a lesson plan on Alkali Station.

Donate today to Alkali Station!

Gifts of all amounts are welcomed and appreciated. We have several giving levels, and each includes special benefits as a thank-you for your donation:

To donate to Alkali Station via check, please make your check payable to the NSHS Foundation and mail to:
1201 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE, 68508

Click below to download and print the Alkali Station slip to mail in with your check.

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