Historic Events

High Stakes on the Plains

1867 and 1868 were Fort Larned's most consequential years. In the spring of 1867, General Hancock blundered into war with the Cheyenne, a season of fighting known as Hancock's War. That conflict ended with the pivotal Medicine Lodge Treaty in October 1867, which Fort Larned supplied. The following year, the gifts promised by the treaty were distributed at Fort Larned.

  • Color image of army troops burning an Indian village.
    Hancock's War

    General Hancock's expedition to quell an Indian uprising led to more unrest among the Plains Indians.

  • Historic drawing of Indians and soldiers meeting in the woods.
    Medicine Lodge Treaty

    Fort Larned was the staging area for the 1867 negotiations resulting in the Medicine Lodge Treaty.

Last updated: February 2, 2024

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1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550


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