Fort Scott National Historic Site, Fort Scott

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Fort Scott National Historic Site is a historical area under the control of the United States National Park Service in Bourbon County, Kansas, United States. Named after General Winfield Scott, who achieved renown during the Mexican–American War, during the middle of the 19th century the fort served as a military base for US Army action in what was the edge of settlement in 1850. For the next quarter century, it was used as a supply base and to provide security in turbulent areas during the opening of the West to settlement, a period which included Bleeding Kansas and the American Civil War.

The current national historic site protects 20 historic structures, a parade ground, and five acres (20,000 m²) of restored tallgrass prairie, inside the city of Fort Scott. It is open to visitors most days of the year.
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  • So well done. A pleasant walk around. Interesting treatment for a property that had such a short life as a FORT. The staff and volunteers were very knowledgeable. 
    So well done. A pleasant walk around. Interesting treatment for a property that had such a short life as a FORT. The staff and volunteers were very knowledgeable.  more »
  • This is a wonderful bit of early pioneer days history. First opened to protect travelers on the Oregon Trail and then later used as a base in the Civil War. Buildings and their interiors are nicely....  more
    This is a wonderful bit of early pioneer days history. First opened to protect travelers on the Oregon Trail and then later used as a base in the Civil War. Buildings and their interiors are nicely....  more »
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  • Visited as a quick stop on the way home from Kansas. Pleasantly surprised by the place. Well-kept and preserved with accuracy to historical period. The ranger was very helpful and practically gave us a private tour. I should have paid attention to his name tag to recommend him and thank him. Too bad we couldn't stay for the cannon demonstration. Perhaps on another trip!
  • Neat place located near a cute historic downtown. Great Coffee shop close! We stopped for a stretch break and coffee. I'd go again!

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