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Eclipse to Darken Santa Fe Trail Route

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Date: August 14, 2017
Contact: George Elmore, 620-285-6911

One hundred and fifty miles to the northeast, the shadow of the first total eclipse in the continental United States since 1979 will cut across skies in the Kansas City metropolitan area and Nebraska. In western Kansas, the motion of Earth, Sun, and Moon will hide more than 92% of the sun’s surface from view.
From Fort Larned, the eclipse will begin in the late morning and last through the early afternoon.

  • 11:33 a.m. – Moon first crosses the solar disc.

  • 12:59 p.m. – Maximum coverage (92.25%) of the sun will last about 2 minutes.

  • 2:28 p.m. – Moon finishes this journey between Earth and Sun.

While supplies last, park staff are distributing free, commemorative solar glasses and solar shields through the end of the eclipse. Pick one up today!

Do not look directly at the sun without specially designed eye protection. Doing so may cause permanent harm to your eyes. For more safe viewing tips and additional information about the path of the eclipse, visit:


Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156. You can find information on visiting on the Plan Your Visit page of our website, by calling 620-285-6911, or  e-mailing us. For information on area tourism partners, lodging, dining, and community services go to the Larned Chamber of Commerce website, or call 620-285-6916.

Last updated: June 27, 2018

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1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550


(620) 285-6911
This phone is answered during regular business hours. After hours calls will be answered the next day. Please select a mailbox or leave a message on the main extension when the fort is closed.

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