Forging a Nation: Fort Scott in the Mid Nineteenth Century
Promises made and broken! A town attacked at dawn! Thousands made homeless by war! Soldiers fighting settlers! Each of these stories is a link in the chain of events that encircled Fort Scott from 1842-1873. All of the site's structures, its parade ground, and its tallgrass prairie bear witness to this era when the country was forged from a young republic into a united transcontinental nation.
Visiting the Site
Fort Scott is a restored 1840s military fort that tells the story of the site's role in Westward Expansion, Bleeding Kansas, and the Civil War.Read More
Virtual Resource Center
The virtual resource center is a research aid to students and volunteers preparing education and living history programs about 1840s frontier life.Read More
Trading Cards for Kids
Discover more than 500 stories about America's journey from the Civil War to Civil Rights. View online or visit this park to collect your own copies.Read More
Did You Know?
Fort Scott never did have a wall around it. It was built upon a bluff which had three steep sides and opened up to prairie in a gradual slope on the south. Many forts were not built with walls at the time; the fort with a stockade is more a product of Hollywood mythology than actual fact.