Fort Hays

Fort Hays Guard House


Originally Fort Fletcher, Fort Hays was built to protect military roads and the Smoky Hill Trail, guard the mails, and defend construction gangs on the Union Pacific Railway. The fort also served as a major supply depot shipping badly needed supplies to other U. S. Army posts in western and southern Kansas.

At times Fort Hays was home to the 7th U. S. Cavalry commanded by Lt. Col. George Custer, the 5th U. S. Infantry commanded by Col. Nelson Miles, and the 9th and 10th U. S. Cavalry better known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Gen. Philip H. Sheridan also spent time at Fort Hays.

Fort Hays Blockhouse

Tours and Information

Four original structures still stand, including the blockhouse, guardhouse, and two officers' quarters. A modern day visitors center features historical exhibits. Living history demonstrations are presented on weekends during the summer and during special events.

Hours: Tues. – Sat. 9 am – 5 pm, Sun. and Mon. 1–5 PM Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. (913) 625-6812


Old-fashioned Fourth of July, July 4th

Pioneer Days, third weekend in September

Christmas Past, first weekend in December

Communities and Related Links

Hays Community

Fort Hays Web Site

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