Forging a Nation: Fort Scott in the Mid Nineteenth Century

Promises made and broken! A town attacked at dawn! Thousands made homeless by war! Soldiers fighting settlers! Each of these stories is a link in the chain of events that encircled Fort Scott from 1842-1873. All of the site's structures, its parade ground, and its tallgrass prairie bear witness to this era when the country was forged from a young republic into a united transcontinental nation.
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Tallgrass Prairie in foreground with three buildings and two trees in background

NPS Centennial

A mix of cultural and natural features at Fort Scott (buildings and prairie) are the resources that the National Park Service protects.

Youth gathered around a box of dirt as they participate in a mock archaeological dig

Youth Trailblazer Program at Fort Scott

Calling all kids ages 9-12. We have a fun and exciting workshop (our Trailblazer program) coming up with many cool activities.

People in period dress and civilian clothing forming a circle to dance

NPS Centennial Ball

A grand ball will be held to celebrate the NPS Centennial. Formal period dress is required. Come join us for an evening of entertainment.

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 918
Fort Scott, KS 66701


(620) 223-0310

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