Five miles east of Dodge City on Highway 400 is the site of Old Fort Dodge, founded to help protect a long section of the Santa Fe Trail. It served as a supply post and base of operation against the warring Indians from 1865 to 1882. It was removed from service in 1882 and now serves as the Kansas State Soldier’s Home. Several original buildings remain, including the commanding officer’s quarters, enlisted men’s barracks, and the post-hospital. All the structures were built of limestone quarried north of Dodge City by civilians and soldiers
Travel down Highway 56 to Fort Larned, located six miles west of Larned.
10:30 am Tour Fort Larned
Please allow 90 minutes to tour the fort. Admission to the fort is free. The fort is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
One of the most complete and authentic frontier forts remaining from the Indian Wars period is Fort Larned. Fort Larned was established in 1859 to protect the mail coaches and travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. Now a National Historic Site, Fort Larned survives as one of the best and most authentic examples of a frontier military post. Nine original buildings, with many fully restored and furnished rooms, surround the parade ground with its 100-foot flagpole. The National Park Service operates a visitors center with a museum, audio-visual programs, and a bookstore. Living history is available on summer weekends and other times throughout the year.
Fort Larned National Historic Site Rural Route 3, Box 69 Larned, KS 67550 Phone: (620) 285-6911
Please allow 90 minutes to tour the fort. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Children are $3. The fort is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Fort Hays was established in 1867 to protect the construction workers who were building the Union Pacific Railroad. The original blockhouse, guardhouse, and officers' quarters are located here and exhibits interpreting pioneer and military history.