Historic Site: Fort Larned in Kansas

Six miles west of Larned on KS – 156, Kansas As a principal guardian of the Santa Fe Trail, Fort

Fort Larned National Historic Site, Kansas
This fort protected the fabled Santa Fe Trail, which ran from Franklin, Missouri, to Santa Fe by way of Kansas and Colorado.

Six miles west of Larned on KS – 156, Kansas

As a principal guardian of the Santa Fe Trail, Fort Larned provided military escort for wagon trains, stagecoaches, and travelers from 1859 to 1878. The original sod and adobe structures were replaced by 1868 with nine durable sandstone-and-timber buildings enclosing the traditional parade ground. Still standing much in their original condition, they offer an authentic glimpse into military life on the Western frontier. As such, it is the best preserved Indian Wars military post on the Santa Fe Trail.

One of the barracks, converted into a visitors center, features an audiovisual program, exhibits, numerous relics, infantry and cavalry uniforms, a life-size model of a 10th Cavalry soldier leading his mount with full equipment and regalia, and some excellent Native American artifacts and photographs of prominent chiefs.

Open daily except major winter holidays.

www.nps.gov/fols

(620) 285-6911

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest