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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  • Take the tour if you can, the presenter knew his stuff and took well over an hour to give us a slice of history. Then go ahead and roam by yourself with the pamphlet given out at the visitor center...  more »
  • My husband and I really enjoyed exploring the fort. There were lots of informative signs, and we spent quite awhile talking with the park rangers to learn more about the history. They were very...  more »
  • This is a good place to discover history in person. It is a national parks staffed historical site with guides who tour you on the grounds and explain the history of the site. It has a small gift shop with worthwhile souviners. I'm surprised though that they haven't added a large modern museum and arts complex like similar places have in the country.
  • Traveling through southeast Kansas this weekend making Fort Scott our last stop. Monday morning 11:00 a.m tour was very informative and interesting. Did not catch our tour guides name but will give him thumbs up A+. A lot of history I never knew about before Kansas was even a state.
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