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Fort Scott National Historic Site

Fort Scott National Historic Site, Old Fort Boulevard, Fort Scott, KS 66701, USA

During the Civil War, the Union Army reestablished a military post at Fort Scott to defend the middle border. It served as a supply base for operations in Missouri, Arkansas, and Indian Territory, and a recruitment and training center for Union troops. The First Kansas Colored Infantry, the first African American unit from a northern state to see battle in the War, several companies of Indian Home Guards, and the 6th Kansas Cavalry were among the units organized and/or trained at Fort Scott. Activity in the city boomed, as hundreds of supply wagons came and went often returning from the front loaded with refugees left homeless by the ravages of war. The population swelled with soldiers, entrepreneurs, and refugees. A general hospital treated sick and wounded soldiers and if supplies allowed, attended to the needs of desperate civilians. Although Fort Scott eluded attack by Confederate forces, the possibility was never far away in the minds of the citizenry.


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Fort Scott National Historic Site is located in downtown Fort Scott, Kansas. U.S. Highways 69 and 54 intersect here. Fort Scott is about 90 miles south of Kansas City and 60 miles northwest of Joplin, Missouri. It is 4 miles from the Kansas-Missouri border. Signs directing visitors to Fort Scott are posted on highway 69 for visitors coming from the north and the south and on highway 54 for visitors coming from the east and the west. The entrance to the site is one block west of the intersection of Highway 69 and Highway 54 east. (Highway 54 west splits off from Highway 69 about 1/2 mile north of town.)

Visitor Services

Rest rooms, bookstore, picnic tables; Contact the park for a listing of handicapped accommodations, guided tours and living history programming.

Regular Events

April: Civil War Encampment, June:Good Ol' Days, December: Candlelight Tour

Available Interpretation

Wayside exhibits, museum exhibits, furnished rooms, rangers, special events, tours, interpretive/education programs

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April - October: 8:00AM - 5:00PM, November - March: 9:00AM - 5:00PM



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