Fort Larned National Historic Site, Larned

Fort Larned has been the Guardian of the Santa Fe Trail for over 150 years.

Established by the U.S. Army in 1859 as the Camp on Pawnee Fork - the fort stood astride routes of the Santa Fe Trail. For nearly two decades, troops guarded the connection between the Midwest and the Southwest. Units of the Tenth Cavalry - Buffalo Soldiers - served their first assignment here. Wives and children of officers and enlisted men made their homes here - for a time.

But the post was also part of the story of the dispossession of the Cheyenne, Kiowa, and other peoples from their homes. From here, General Hancock conducted his war on the Southern Plains. From here, Ned Wynkoop tried and failed to offer an equitable peace as Indian agent.

After construction of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad through southwest Kansas, the fort became a livestock ranch and tourist destination on the old Santa Fe Trail. Today, it is a national park.

Discover the living past at one of your national parks in Kansas.
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  • If you are into history, this is a great place to stop. It tells the history of the fort in the 1800's and is well preserved. The walls are made from sand stone and have graffiti that dates back to th...  more »
  • The grounds are in perfect condition and the buildings are well kept. There's a lot of information about how the fort operated in it's original state. Definitely something you should stop and see.  more »
  • A very well maintained piece of history. The restoration and preservation of Fort Larned is incredible. The park rangers are top notch. They took great care of us and answered all of our questions.
  • 9-26-2018 Fort Larned National Historic Site. Fort Larned in western Kansas is host to nine sandstone building out of the original ten. As soon as you approach the pedestrian bridge over the Pawnee River you get the feel of what life was about for the Hispanic teamsters, Homesteaders, Hide Hunters, Scouts, Plains Indians, the Soldiers, & Rail Workers. As you make your way around the grounds & its buildings you are slowly introduced to the fort daily living. It is well organized, and there are plenty of benches to sit and relax. The gift shop offers a nice selection of books, post cards, magnets etc..very clean restroom. I highly recommend this stop..

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