National Historic Site
1978: National Historic Park
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteThis fort, in southeastern Kansas, was established in 1842 to guard the Permanent Indian Frontier and to keep settlers and Native Americans out of each others' way. But the frontier kept pushing westward, and by 1853 the need for the fort had evaporated. Later the fort became a town, and grew involved in the violence of "Bleeding Kansas" and the Civil War.
What You're Going to SeeThe Site has been restored to its 1840's appearance. It has 20 major historic buildings, with many of the rooms funished with original and reproduction 19th-century items. There is a parade ground, and 5 acres of restored tallgrass prairie.
Personal ObservationsSomeday ... although I have to admit, Kansas is not a high priority at this point. Nothing personal, Kansas.
Getting ThereFrom Kansas City, go south on US 69 for about 90 miles to the city of Fort Scott. The Fort is near (southwest of) the intersection of US 54 and US 69 in downtown Fort Scott, on Old Fort Boulevard. It's about 2/3 of a mile west of US 69, on the edge of town.
Nearby AttractionsAbout 100 miles west northwest is Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. 90 miles to the north northwest is Brown V. Board of Education National Historic Site. Across the border in Missouri, 95 miles north, is the Harry S Truman National Historic Site. 60 miles south southeast is George Washington Carver National Monument, and 35 miles beyond that in Arkansas is Pea Ridge National Military Park. About 80 miles east southeast is Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.