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U.S. Cavalry Museum

FORT RILEY, KS 66442, USA

Fort Riley was established in 1853 near where the Smoky Hill River and Republican River join to form the Kansas River. During the 1850s, officers such as Philip St. George Cooke, "JEB" Stuart, and John Buford were stationed here and participated in events that came to be known as "Bleeding Kansas." The first territorial legislature met at the fort in the summer of 1855. During the Civil War, as regular troops returned East, the fort was garrisoned by state militia units who continued to protect the frontier.

 

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Directions

Located approximately 120 miles west of Kansas City on I-70. From I-70 take exit 301 (Marshal Army Airfield); follow signs after crossing the Kansas River bridge.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, information, handicapped access, gift shop.

Regular Events

None.

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Free

Hours

Monday-Saturday: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Sunday: 12:00-4:00 P.M.; Closed: major holidays; visitors must present photo ID, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance to enter military base.

Phone

785-239-2737

Website

http://www.riley.army.mil »

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