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Reviewed November 4, 2009

The previous reviewer has done a good job describing these museums. So I thought I would add some photos and practicalities. I didn't manage to see the big red 1 so attached are some examples of what you can expect to see.

On turning off the interstate you will approach the guardhouse where ID is required. Don't drive into the visitors centre like I did. This is for visitors and contractors vehicles! How embarrassing. After being checked drive straight on and follow the brown signs for the museums and houses. There are various parking slots and areas including accessable spots near the museums. On approaching the Cav Museum the entrance is sign posted but not the door itself. Its big and light brown up a set of steps. Accessable entrance is at the front.
The museum is over two floors in chronological order and highlights the operations and changes to the Cavalry as a regiment. I spent about 45 minutes here, I would have had a walk around the grounds but the weather was terrible.

Hope the photos give a flavour some are a bit low quality due to the glass cases and lighting. Oh and the Teddy Roosevelt image doesn't half look like Robin Williams, or is that the other way around?

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Reviewed October 4, 2009

Ft Riley was established as a frontier cavalry post in 1853 to protect people traveling over the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. It has seen many famous military men pass through like "Jeb" Stuart and John Buford from the Civil War and George Armstrong Custer and including some World War 2 leaders like Jonathan Wainwright, Terry Allen , and George S. Patton. Today, Fort Riley is also the home of the 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One).

There are quite a few things to see on Ft Riley. There are 2 very good musuems which are located there. The first is the US Cavalry Museum which tells the history of the horse soldier of the U.S. Cavalry from 1775-1950. The second museum is the 1st Infantry Division Musuem which tells its history, but goes through the 4 major campaigns in which they fought which are World Wars 1 and 2, Vietnam, and Operation Desert Storm. It also has exhibits on todays war on Terrorism. Both of these museums are very good and I recommend seeing both of them. There is the Custer House which you can tour. This house was built in 1855 and was named in honor of George A. Custer. There is a seperate review of the Custer House if you check my other reviews.

The original buildings on Ft. Riley were built of native limestone and many are still there. Some of them include Summerall Hall which was originally built in 1889 as the post hospital, and the King Field House built in 1891 as an indoor riding hall to train soldiers in how to ride horses. You can drive around Ft. Riley and see the historic areas including the "Old Trooper" statue which is on the cavalry parade ground across from the Custer House. The statue marks the grave of the last cavalry horse named Chief who died in 1968.

In order to visit Ft. Riley or any military base you need to go through the security gate and show your driver's license or photo id and car registration. If you are in a rent a car like we were then the rental contact is ok. It can seem a bit intimidating, but it really isn't. They will give you a day pass which allows you to travel throughout the base.

Junction City borders Ft. Riley and if you go on the website www.junctioncity.org and click on attractions it will give info. on Ft. Riley and the museums that are there. They will also mail you some brochures if you ask them to.

I usually post photos with my reviews, but my memory card was bad and my photos were ruined.

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