The Crook House Museum, located in the Miller Park neighborhood in the Fort Omaha H
of North Omaha, Nebraska, is the authentically restored home of General George Crook. It was
constructed in 1879 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 16, 1969.
General Crook was a Civil War and National Indian Wars hero considered the "greatest Indian fighter in the history of the United States.'' Fierce in battle, General Crook over time became a defender of Native American rights. Though named as the defendant in the landmark 1879 trial of Standing Bear v. Crook, many believe that General Crook helped arrange the trial for Ponca Chief Standing Bear. Crook twice served as Commander of the Department of the Platte, from 1875 to 1882 and again from 1886 to 1888.
On April 27, 1875, General George A. Crook assumed command of the Department of the Platte, which then included Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and part of Montana and Idaho. In 1878, the headquarters was moved from downtown Omaha to Fort Omaha. The General Crook home was built in 1879 to be the residence of the Commander. Constructed in an Italianate design, the building consists of two stories with a grand garden surrounding it. Crowned by hipped roofs, the building is asymmetrical in plan and is in good condition. A long one-story porch projects from its eastern facade.
In November, 1879, General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant stayed at the Crook House for three days, and the garrison was invited to a reception. The Crooks' furniture having not yet arrived, the people of Omaha loaned the necessary furnishings. A number of National influential citizens have been entertained here. From here, President Rutherford B. Hayes reviewed the fort's troops on September 3, 1890.
General Crook spent almost forty years on the frontier and was respected by the Indians as a man of honor. He died March 21, 1890, and he and his wife are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. TheCrook House has served throughout the years as the home of the commanding officer of the post.
The Crook House is the oldest structure built as a private residence in Omaha.
Monday - Friday 10 am to 4 pm
Weekends 1 pm to 4 pm
5730 North 30th Street