Explore this restored frontier fort and its role in westward expansion, Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War.


8 am-5 pm, daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Contact Information

1 Old Fort Boulevard
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Phone: 620-223-0310

Location Type

Interpretive Signs
National Register of Historic Places
Walking Tours

Site Info

AC / Heating
Bus / RV Parking
Group Tours
Research Library
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

The story of Fort Scott is the 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. Yet within a few years, Fort Scott's soldiers became involved in events that would lead to tremendous spurts of growth and expansion. As the nation developed, tensions over slavery led to the conflict and turmoil of "Bleeding Kansas" and the Civil War. Fort Scott takes you through these years of crisis and beyond to the time when the United States emerged as a united, transcontinental nation.


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John LaRoe  |  on 4/3/2015

Photo Caption: Officers' Quarters on Fort Scott. The building on the left was, for a time, the Free-State Hotel favored by the anti-slavery faction.
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