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.

Fort Scott is the story of America growing up

A story of America growing up

When the fort was established in 1842, the nation was still young and confined largely to the area east of the Mississippi River.

A group of children play the hoop game on the fort's parade grounds

Historic games for Children

In the 1840s, there were no television sets, stereos, or video games, but there were always enough people around for playing games.

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NPS Fort Scott Mobile App

Visitors to Fort Scott NHS have a new way of discovering the Fort and its stories.

Girl with Junior Ranger Vest

Junior Ranger Programs

Fort Scott has three junior ranger booklets. Our newest one is for preschoolers.

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Programs at Fort Scott

Ranger guided tours and programs at Fort Scott

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Distance Learning Programs

Currently, Fort Scott offers four distance learning programs so that your school or group can learn its stories remotely.

Last updated: January 3, 2020

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 918
Fort Scott, KS 66701

Phone:

(620) 223-0310

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