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Indians never attacked Fort Larned, although a Kiowa raid in 1864 made off with most of the fort's horses and mules, and there was never a major battle nearby. Still, serving at this frontier military post could be dangerous duty. Often traveling between posts opened up soldiers to attack, like the one experienced by Corporal Leander Herron of the 3rd U.S. Infantry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor while stationed at Fort Larned for bravery in fighting off an Indian attack between Forts Larned and Dodge. This year's Candlelight Tour will tell the story of the dangers of serving on the plains of Kansas in the 1860s and how the Army handled the U.S. mail on the frontier.
The Candlelight Tour is on Saturday, October 10th starting at 7:30 pm with tours leaving every 15 minutes after that, for a total of 12 tours.The tours are limited to 20 people and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.You can make your reservation starting Monday, September 28th at 8:30 am, either in person at the Fort Larned Visitor center, or by calling 620-285-6911.
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you - both in personal connections and memorable experiences.Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911.There is no admission fee.
Learn more at www.nps.gov.