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Fort Hays State Historic Site

Hays, KS
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Hays
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Four original buildings from the frontier days of Fort Hays.
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Four original buildings from the frontier days of Fort Hays.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I'm not sure what I expected, but there just isn't much there. It's worth driving through, but it is not worth making a major sidetrip for it, unless you have some particular historical interest in it.

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Stockton, Kansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I visited this place a few weeks back. Was very impressed by it. Hays is an old west town with lots of history and when you are done checking out the fort there are a lot of other interesting places to visit there. Just across the road from the Fort is a field with Buffalo. There are some really nice... More 

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New York City, New York
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625 reviews 625 reviews
276 attraction reviews
370 helpful votes 370 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Ah, those were the days: Discovers and Soldiers and Indian Wars and refined wives from back East… The fort was constructed in 1867 and it closed in 1889, having never been attacked by hostile Indians or any other treat. The soldiers thus had to attend to routine daily duties, when they were not drinking or playing cards or paying for... More 

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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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147 reviews 147 reviews
47 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We were greeted nicely and toured the visitors area. There was a film and lots of information. Also given a guided tour of the officer's quarters. Two of the original homes have been found, moved back to the fort and restored. This fort is a work in progress but it was very nice to leisurely wander about the ground and... More 

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Deer Lodge, Montana
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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A good view of cavalry life in the old west. Great buildings and an insight into what the soldiers lived like during the late 1800's. Worth taking the time to visit.

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Highland Park
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15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Fort Hays was officially closed but we could drive right up and look around. Many of old officers' houses preserved nicely. The grounds were clean and included informative signs and old relics like wagons and barrels. Would have been nice to see it during open hours but we got a good flavor of the old place just by walking the... More 

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Iligan, Philippines
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271 reviews 271 reviews
56 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

If you like history, then you should enjoy a visit to Historic Fort Hays. A nice collection of some of the actual building which gives you a little more feel of what life was like at the fort. The tour is part with an informative guide and then the rest is self-guided, but with good information posted. A nice touch... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

For years we would stay in Hayes on our way to Colorado to go to our vacation home but never toured the Fort. This year upon returning from a western trip we did stop. The information person did a great job of showing us the 2 restored homes and explained the area in great detail. Unfortunately the weather was very... More 

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Minneola, KS
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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206 reviews 206 reviews
45 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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