Writer / Humanities Speaker / Independent Historian

Jeff Barnes


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Forts of the Northern Plains is a guide to the 51 historic military posts of the Plains Indian Wars, primarily those involved in the wars with the Sioux Indians. 
Published by Stackpole Books, the book gives a brief history of each of the posts, why they were built and what became of them, illustrated by historical images and present-day photographs. The guide covers the frontier forts from the late 1810s through the 1890s, reflecting the period of the first and last military conflicts with the Plains Indians. This is the most complete reference guide to the forts in nearly 40 years and adds several sites not included in earlier works.

 "Jeff Barnes has produced a valuable combination of history and travel guide for all students of the northern Plains Indian wars. A very timely, very impressive 
work." - Robert M. Utley, author of Frontier Regulars: The United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891

"A much-needed, up-to-date guide... This book should be on the shelves of everyone with an interest in the West during this traumatic period of American history."  - Jerome A. Greene, author of Indian War Veterans: Memories of Army Life and Campaigns in the West, 1864-1898

150@150: Nebraska's Landmark Buildings at the State's Sesquicentennial - Presented by the Architectural Foundation of Nebraska and the American Institute of Architects-Nebraska Chapter, 150@150: Nebraska's Landmark Buildings at the State's Sesquicentennial features Nebraska's rich architectural history going back to territory days to the modern structures of today. The 150 featured buildings cover a broad section of our history as the homes of famous people, government, religion, arts and culture, our ethnic groups, and much more. 

The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill - The first historical travel guide to more than one hundred forts, battlefields, and other sites visited or frequented by the legendary William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody! Contains information on Cody's experiences growing up, in shipping, the Pony Express, scouting for the army, developing Buffalo Bill's Wild West, ranching, and town-founding, along with directions to finding the sites and the best times to visit. Also includes fascinating sidebar stories that you haven't heard about Cody, making this an invaluable addition to your home library and your glove compartment! 

Extra Innings: The Story of Modisett Ball Park is the tale of the Great American Pastime in the small Nebraska town of Rushville. From a village of less than 1,200 souls arose one of the best ball fields of western Nebraska, that went on to host baseball schools and try-out camps for the Milwaukee Braves, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Angels. 

In 2014, just in time for its diamond anniversary, Modisett Ball Park was completely rebuilt and restored to its former glory. 

The Great Plains Guide to Custer is the first historical travel guide to 85 sites visited by George Custer in his decade west of the Mississippi. You’ll find not only directions to the battlefields and forts at which Custer served, you’ll also find locations where he met with Buffalo Bill Cody, the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia, and William Tecumseh Sherman. You’ll also learn of the personal conflicts Custer had on the plains, with commanders, fellow officers and even a buffalo.

“Jeff Barnes provides a fascinating guide to the sites associated with Custer from the post-Civil War period to the Little Bighorn. Very comprehensive and authoritative.”
—Robert M. Utley, author of Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier

“This is an excellent resource on the subject, and Barnes is the perfect guide: smart, lively, knowledgeable... full of fascinating facts that you won't find anywhere else. Highly recommended." —James Donovan, author of A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn—the Last Great Battle of the American West

About Jeff's Books

About Jeff

A freelance writer and fifth-generation Nebraskan, Jeff Barnes is a board trustee of the Nebraska State Historical Society, past chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and former marketing director for the Durham Museum. 

A former newspaper reporter and editor, Barnes is the author of "Forts of the Northern Plains," "The Great Plains Guide to Custer," "The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill," "Extra Innings: The Story of Modisett Ball Park," and "150@150: Nebraska's Landmark Buildings at the State's Sesquicentennial." He is also the author of a centennial history of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Barnes is a frequently requested speaker with Humanities Nebraska and presents throughout the Great Plains on the history of the region.