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Fort Hays State Historic Site

Hays, KS
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Ranked #3 of 11 attractions in Hays
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Four original buildings from the frontier days of Fort Hays.
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Minneola, KS
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We loved looking around at the history of Hays,...many things to see and stories to read. The feel of Hays is so great,..very welcoming and comfortable. Lots to see and do in Hays American

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McKinney, Texas
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94 reviews 94 reviews
29 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We stopped by Fort Hays State Historic site and it was closed. We were not the only people there as there were 3-4 other parties walking around the grounds. None of the buildings were open but we were able to look into some of the windows. It looked like it was a very interesting place to visit and I will... More

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Clay Center, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you are a fan of the plains/Indians wars and frontier military life this is a must see. There is a guided tour and self tour, the guided tour you get to see 2 original officers quarters filled with time period accurate artifacts. Grounds are well kept. The only down side is the golf course that backs up to the... More

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Aurora, Nebraska
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Fort Hays Historic Site near Hays, Kansas is certainly worth a stop. This was a fort in service in the later part of the 1800's. There is a very nice Welcome Center, with a short video about the site. Also in the Welcome Center are exhibits depicting life there. You can take a tour of 2 of the original officer's... More

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Greeley, Colorado
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69 reviews 69 reviews
8 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The organized tour is thoughtful and informative. It covers part of the fort, while the other areas are accessible to visitors via self-tour. The state historical society has done an excellent job of preserving and partially restoring the 19th-century site. One has a sense not just of local history but also how the fort and its counterparts on the High... More

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Lyons
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

It is a well preserved piece of Kansas history. Our guide was very informative. The grounds were well kept as were the buildings. The live buffaloes across the road are a nice touch. The gift shop had a nice selection.

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San Diego, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

As mentioned in our hotel review, this is not far from the beaten path and tells you about the area. It has 4 original building, a really neat bison statue (daughter loved it). Nice area to walk around. Across the road were bison that were fenced in which was also nice for my daughter to see as well. The have... More

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oklahoma
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This is an outdoor self guided tour of what the fort would have looked liked. There is two of the officers homes that have been restored and have 1800's furnishings. One room even has a baby walker that could have bounced when the baby was walking. There are two stone buildings still left standing and both are open for viewing.... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Nice museum with interactive exhibits and excellent volunteer guides. The golf course backing up to the area is a little distracting, but not too much. Watch the videos at the museum for a interesting history lesson.

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Garden City, Kansas
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103 reviews 103 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Ft. Hays was an important part of westward development. Interesting place with many famous people having been stationed here, like Col. Custer. I wouldn't recommend for younger kids-this is a historic site, not a playground.

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