Home to the Guardians of the Santa Fe Trail
Discover a complete and authentic army post from the 1860s -1870s! This well-preserved fort on the Santa Fe Trail shares a tumultuous history of the Indian Wars era. The sandstone constructed buildings sheltered troops who were known as the Guardians of the Santa Fe Trail.
Guarding the Santa Fe Trail
Trade on the Santa Fe Trail was profitable but dangerous work. Indian attacks were becoming frequent. A permanent U.S. military presence was needed.Read More
The spring of 1867 became Kansas's bloodiest season in the Indian Wars period. General W. S. Hancock led a mission to prove the might of the army.Read More
Buffalo Soldier's at Fort Larned
Company A of the 10th U.S. Cavalry served at Fort Larned from 1867 to 1869. Despite their admirable record they regularly dealt with issues of racism.Read More
Special Events You Will Always Remember
Fort Larned comes to life with all the sights, sounds, and smells of a working frontier fort during our special event weekends.Read More
Did You Know?
Entertainment for Fort Larned's soldiers included checkers and cards in the barracks, bowling and billiards at the sutler's store, foot races, and "base-ball."