"When I was a kid we used to come out here and go through the escape tunnel."
No, that tunnel is no longer here. Because it was not an original tunnel, it has been refilled. That tunnel was dug by the Fort Larned Historical Society and the Boy Scouts. They knew there was a tunnel somewhere in that vicinity, so they went to work and constructed that particular one in the 1950's. There is no historical evidence that shows that an escape tunnel was ever out here. however, there is a tunnel under the Blockhouse, located by an archeological crew in the summer of 1973. This tunnel is not an escape route, but is about a 20 foot tunnel that leads to a water well.
The big barn that you may remember was actually the two barracks buildings that had been joined together. We have restored the barracks back their original configuration.
The fort was used as a ranch for over 80 years, from 1885 – 1966.
The Frizell family owned the fort for 64 years, 1902 – 1966. From 1885 to 1902 it was owned by the Pawnee Valley Stockbreeder's Association.
The Frizells lived in the Commanding Officer's House and the farm hands and families lived in the Company Officer's Quarters.
Last updated: September 21, 2020