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Fort Scott National Historic Site

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Promises made and broken! A town attacked at dawn! Thousands made homeless by war! Soldiers fighting settlers! Each of these stories is a link in the chain of events that encircled Fort Scott from 1842-1873. All of the site's structures, its parade ground, and its tallgrass prairie bear witness to this era when the country was forged from a young republic into a united transcontinental nation.


Mark Garland

Friday, July 6, 2018
In 1842, Fort Scott was named after Winfield Scott, was established on the American frontier on the military road in eastern Kansas between Fort Leavenworth and Fort Gibson. It was established to provide protection to the rapidly increasing number of settlers, who were migrating from the Eastern United States. Fort Scott became one of a chain of forts intended to protect the new settlers from the Plains Indians, as well as to protect the Indians from the settlers' encroachment. The United States government intention to reserve permanent Indian lands west of the Missouri River gave way to the competition of settlers continuing to encroach on the Indian settlements. Fort Scott's most active days were between 1842 and 1853, although it was also used during the Civil War. With the Act of August 31, 1965, the National Park Service gave the city government of Fort Scott, Kansas the necessary funds and technical knowledge to restore the fort. On October 19, 1978, Fort Scott became a National Historic Site under the supervision of the National Park Service, encompassing 17 acres (69,000 m2). Today the fort is open throughout the year, save for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Visitation has declined in recent years. In 2005 visitation was 25,528; in 2007 it was 22,314. Surviving structures include four officers' barracks, one dragoon's barracks, two infantry barracks, a hospital, guardhouse, dragoon stables, ordnance and post headquarters, quartermaster stables, bake shop, flagpole, and magazine. Another feature of the park is 5 acres (2.0 ha) of tallgrass prairie restored as part of an ecology-restoration project

Ann-Marie Jackson

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Well worth the drive! All buildings were open and the staff was extremely courteous. LOVED the film and interactive exhibit!

Tim Stone

Friday, April 20, 2018
An awesome historical adventure. I have visited a number of forts and this is one of the very best. The restored buildings are a true wonder. Imagining that they were built in the 1840 on the American frontier amazing. I learned a lot exploring the structures even though I have studied history for 40 years. Hats off to the Fort Scott staff too. They were great. I will be back.

Matthew Leighton

Saturday, June 30, 2018
We took the guided tour. And the ranger was very attentive and good at explaining the history of the for in a way that a 10 year old can understand. It is definitely a good day trip if you live in the Kansas City metro area.

Lloyd Wells

Friday, June 1, 2018
Great piece of history! Beautifully restored. I wish we'd have had more time to spend here. Make sure to stop by the visitor center for info before exploring the grounds.

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