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.

Staff and volunteers direct area youth in formation of bucket brigade

Labor Day Weekend

A bucket brigade, in which participants simulate firefighting-1840s style, will be one of the activities highlighted on Labor Day Weekend

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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