History & Culture

In a time of change and conflict, Fort Larned was on the front lines. The fort's mission began to protect the mail, grew to support the protection of other traffic on the Santa Fe Trail, culminated in Hancock's War and the Medicine Lodge Treaty in 1867, then ended with the completion of the railroad in less than two decades. Today Fort Larned remains the best-preserved fort of its time.

Black and white historic image of three soldiers standing in front of a sandstone building at Fort Larned.


Fort Larned was the epicenter of cultural crossover and conflict. Learn more about the peoplle and their interactions at Fort Larned.

Black and white drawing of Indian treaty meeting.

Historic Events

In its 19 years of service Fort Larned witnessed dramatic changes in the land and its people.

Aerial view of Santa Fe Trail ruts.


Find out more about the Santa Fe Trail and the places for which Fort Larned matters most.

Room with wooden bunk beds and wool uniforms hanging on the wall behind them.

Read interesting tales of Fort Larned's past.
Reproduction howitzer on the parade ground at Fort Larned.
Preview the park's collection of weapons and artifacts.


Look through archival records about Fort Larned.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550


(620) 285-6911
Phones are answered by a person during the park's normal business hours. There is a general voicemail box for after hours call, which are usually answered by the next day.

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