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. 


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Get the latest news and information on events happening at Fort Larned.

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Fort Larned Education Programs

Check out the educational opportunities available at Fort Larned.

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Hear the Voice of a Fort Larned Soldier!

Listen to Corp. Leander Herron recount the harrowing events that earned him our nation's highest military honor.

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Every Kid in a Park!

Fourth graders can earn a free pass to visit public lands with their families! Complete a fun activity to get your pass and start exploring.

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Mule Wagons

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.

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U.S. 10th Cavalry

Buffalo Soldiers 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.

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The Indian Wars

Hancock's War

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.

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