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Fort Scott, KS History
Fort Scott was originally established in 1842 by the US Army. Troops were placed at the fort as protection for the “Indian Frontier”. By 1853 the frontier had pushed westward, causing the Army to abandon the fort. The buildings at this site were later auctioned off to local settlers. It wasn’t until the start of the Civil War that troops began to reoccupy the old fort buildings. It was the presence of the Union Army that allowed Fort Scott to flourish, avoiding the destruction that other communities suffered.
After the war, with the help of westward expansion & several railroad lines, Fort Scott became a booming town with visitors from all over the country. Now more than 175 years later, the community honors and treasures their history, while also continually evolving. Fort Scott proudly welcomes visitors from all over the world.
So Much To See and Do
Conveniently located in the “Middle of Everywhere”, Fort Scott has all the staples of history, outdoor adventure, fine dining, and memorable experiences, just waiting for you. If you’re looking for a unique area steeped in history, hospitality, and hometown pride, look no further than Fort Scott.
Spend time shopping or dining in the diverse Downtown Historic District. Grab a beverage at our local brewhaus or winery. Attend one of the many live concerts, art walks, or festivals, hosted year round. Visit the prized National Historic Site or National Cemetery No. 1. Enjoy the great outdoors hiking or biking the many trail options, kayaking the Marmaton River, playing 18-holes at the public Woodland Hills golf course, hunting or fishing in one of many prime locations, boating at the 360 acre Lake Fort Scott, swimming at the aquatic center, taking in a game at the LaRoche Baseball Complex, or exploring the 155 acre Gunn Park which offers multiple playgrounds, campsites, shelter houses, and a 9-hole disc golf course.
Accessibility is not an issue, as Fort Scott is located at the intersection of Highway 69, and Highway 54, just one hour South of Kansas City. Other metro areas within a two hour drive include Topeka, Wichita, Lawrence, Springfield, and Joplin. Fort Scott has a Municipal Airport for public use, and is a quick 90 minute drive from the major Kansas City International Airport.