Fort Scott

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Officer's Quarters and Parade Ground,
Fort Scott NHS (NPS Photo)

The U.S. Army established Fort Scott in 1842 to protect the Permanent Indian Frontier. American Indian/non-Indian relations during the 1840s were relatively peaceful. Troops participated in the Mexican War and mission of exploration, and they functioned as escorts in the far west.

Fort Scott was abandoned by the U.S. Army in 1853 as the frontier moved westward. The buildings were sold at public auction in 1855 and became the town of Fort Scott. This was the end of the fort but not of the military presence in the area. Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War, and land squabbles in the 1870s brought the U.S. Army back as violence and turmoil periodically plagued the area until 1873.

Tours and Information

Interpretive programs, guided tours,and special events are offered throughout the year.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years

(316) 223-0310 Old Fort Boulevard in northeast Fort Scott


Civil War Encampment – second weekend in April

Good Ol' Days – first weekend in June

Military Holiday – first Saturday in July

Mexican War Encampment – first weekend after Labor Day

American Indian Heritage Weekend – second weekend in October

Frontier Candlelight Tour – first weekend in December


Administered by the National Park Service, Fort Scott National Historic Site contains 20 major historic structures, 33 historically furnished rooms, museum exhibits, and a bookstore.

Communities and Related Links
Fort Scott Community
Fort Scott Web Site

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