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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Virtual Tour Home

Take a virtual tour of Fort Scott through 360 degree views.

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.

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Digital Guide to Fort Scott

Interactive maps, self-guided tours, programs and events, and more. Download the official, free, app today!

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Park Movie: Dreams and Dilemmas

We invite you to learn about the Fort's rich history through our online movie.

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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.

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Frontier Life Videos

Video programs depicting life at Fort Scott in the 1840s.

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Junior Ranger Programs

Fort Scott has three junior ranger booklets. They are all posted online. Electronic resources will help you do them remotely.

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Birds at Fort Scott

Videos of birds at Fort Scott

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Programs at Fort Scott

Ranger guided tours and programs at Fort Scott

Last updated: September 9, 2020

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PO Box 918
Fort Scott, KS 66701


(620) 223-0310

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