Kansas "Staycations": Fort Scott

Hey, folks, now that summer is here.. I wanted to use my blog page once in a while to encourage you to stay in Kansas and check out some of our fabulous history in Kansas with help from Kansas tourguide Marci Penner.  Today.. Fort Scott, Kansas.

Named for General Winfield Scott, the fort was established in 1842.  Soldiers garrisoned here to maintain peace between the indigenous and the relocated Indian tribes until 1853.  Two years later, the government auctioned the fort structures to newly arriving settlers, and the area became the nucleus of what's now Fort Scott.  Soon pro-slavery and free-state citizens were caught up in the turmoil of Bleeding Kansas, and argued over the question of statehood.  During the Civil War, soldiers returned to Fort Scott and it became the supply and logistical center for the Union Army.  Now, the restored fort, run by the National Park Service, showcases 20 historic structures with excellent exhibits.  The original officers' quarters are the second oldest in Kansas! 

And while you're there, don't forget to take the historic walking tour, see the Ralph Richard Museum at 117 S. Main, and the Gordon Parks Photos from the camera of the famed Fort Scott native.

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