Listen to the Sound of a Cannon Firing

Fort Scott National Historic Site 

Fort Scott National Historic Site

Map of Fort Scott NHS

Thunder Wagon

Three soldiers in white uniforms firing a cannan
Demonstrating Firepower at Fort Scott

NPS Photo

A roaring boom like thunder echoes across the parade ground during an artillery demonstration at Fort Scott while the acrid smell of sulfur from the smoke permeates the air.   Native Americans may have been intimidated by the display of what they nicknamed "Thunder Wagon", as soldiers fired these guns in a demonstration of military power.  Many current audiences at national park sites find the modern presentations to be "cool". Visitors to Fort Scott can have these experiences on summer holiday weekends and at other times of the year. Learn more about artillery on Fort Scott's website.

Last updated: January 29, 2016