• Aerial View of Fort Larned

    Fort Larned

    National Historic Site Kansas

Enabling Legislation

Public Law 88-54
188th Congress, H. R. 3071

August 31, 1964

An Act

Fort Larned National Historic Site, Kansas.--Pub. L. 88-541, Aug. 31, 1964, 78 Stat. 748.

To provide for the establishment of Fort Larned as a national historic site, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, in order to commemorate the significant role played by Fort Larned in the opening of the West, the Secretary of Interior may acquire on behalf of the United States by gift, purchase, or other means not more than seven hundred and fifty acres of land, or interests in land, which comprise the site and remaining historic structures of Fort Larned, located in Pawnee County, Kansas, or which he deems necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Act, including nearby remains of the Santa Fe Trail. The land acquired by the Secretary shall be known as the Fort Larned National Historic Site, and shall be administered in accordance with the provisions of the Act entitled "An Act to establish a National Park Service, and for other purposes", approved August 25, 1916 (39 Stat. 535; 16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.), as amended and supplemented: Provided, That establishment of such national historic site shall not become effective until the historic remains of old Fort Larned and adjoining historically significant lands have been acquired.

SEC. 2. Notice of the boundaries of the site shall be published in the Federal Register.

SEC. 3. There are hereby authorized to be appropriated such same, but not more than $1,273,000 for acquisition and development costs, as are necessary to carry out the purpose of this Act.

Approved August 31, 1964

Did You Know?

Ambulance

Fort Larned's restored 1870's army ambulance was frequently used by officers for transport. The fifth-wheel design and extra springs gave it a much smoother ride than most wagons.