An 8 Wonder of Kansas History
Fort Larned National Historic Site, Larned
Address: 1767 K-156, Larned, KS 67550
Fort Larned National Historic Site is one of the 8 Wonders of
Kansas History finalists because it is the best-preserved authentic frontier post in the
After the construction of native-stone buildings in 1867-1868, under
direction of Captain A. F. Rockwell, Fort Larned was a premier post on
Great Plains. Rockwell's work is legendary, attested by the fact that
buildings constructed at Fort Larned still stand today. Following its
years, the sturdy structures of the post were preserved and used by
owners. The National Park Service acquired the site in 1964. Today Fort
Larned National Historic Site has nine original stone structures
post hospital, bakery, blacksmith shop, enlisted men's barracks, mess
officers quarters, and storehouses) and a reconstructed blockhouse. It
situated in a pristine setting on the Pawnee tributary of the Arkansas
River.Fort Larned was established in 1859 and was designed to keep the peace
the plains and did so remarkably well through the era of the Civil War
the Plains Indian Wars. Located in an area frequented by many Plains
Indians, including Pawnee, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa, Comanche, and
military personnel and Indian agents stationed here faced many
The post served as a distribution point for tribal annuities for a few
years, leading to an unusual twist of circumstances: the fort that was
established to keep Indians from the Santa Fe Trail became a gathering
where large numbers of Indians came to collect their annuities.
Many famous officers walked the grounds at Larned as they were passing
through including Winfield S. Hancock,
George A. Custer, Kit Carson, and Philip Sheridan.
6 miles west of Larned on K-156.
Hours: Daily 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. No admission charge.