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Fort Larned NHS

RR 3, Box 69, Larned, KS 67550
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Larned
Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums
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Madison, Wisconsin
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

This is supposed to be the best preserved prairie fort of the 1860-1870 period and it did not disappoint. The place is VERY well maintained and gives you an extremely good look at what it must have been like to be on duty at one of these forts back in the old west days. It is out in the middle... More

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32 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We stopped in September when there were only a few other people there. It's a little tricky to find the visitor center and they should really put up a few arrows pointing the way. The ranger was informative and there was a short movie to watch. We walked around to all the buildings and any with open doors could be... More

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Hays, Kansas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I stopped by in March. I was literally the only person there, other than the park ranger. I spent a few hours there, and it was great. I wandered through all of the buildings and then spent about 30 uninterrupted minutes with the ranger asking questions and talking about the fort. The off-season might be the best time to go... More

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Newton, KS
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81 reviews 81 reviews
16 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

What a great place. We hadn't been there in twenty years and what a pleasant surprise. Was traveling with a group of about 50 people and all are senior citizens. Moving the parking away from the fort adds to the ambiance of the experience, but it's quite a hike from the parking to the fort. That being said it's worth... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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157 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

When you drive up, this doesn't remind you of what you think a fort should be. And there's good reason. The buildings are all well maintained and really show what life was like for soldiers on the prairie. The movie is good and you just have to ask at the front desk for them to start it for you. We... More

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McKinney, Texas
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133 reviews 133 reviews
35 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Fort Larnerd NHS is located on the old Santa Fe Trail. The fort was built to protect traders and settlers as they passed through western Kansas on the way to Santa Fe from Independence, MO. This historical site is very well maintained and I felt as if I was a trooper stationed here in the 1800's. All of the officers... More

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is one of the very few, if not the only, completely authentic fort on the western frontier. The buildings are not reproductions, but are the original buildings. The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. The museum is also very good. The short slide show is well worth the time and places the fort and location in context, allowing you... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Well wroth the stop. The Rangers and volunteer / reenactors where both knowledge and friendly. All building where fully stocked and furnished as they would have been in the late 1800's.

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234 reviews 234 reviews
75 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Definitely one gets the feeling of the hardship and deprivations both soldiers and pioneers on the Santa Fe Trail suffered thru. Being here 150 years ago was not for weak people. Do watch the movie and talk to the rangers- this adds to the experience.

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Pharr, TX
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14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to explore the fort. Allow at least a couple of hours, as there so many exhibits/displays and so well done. I loved the stories of the "people" that served there and how their quarters would have been furnished. Each building is full of great stuff! I have been to a lot... More

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