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Fort Scott National Historic Site
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Fort Scott National Historic Site
Description - Fort Scott National Historic Site was initially built as an outpost on the frontier of the Central Plains. Constructed in 1842 the site housed individuals to escort emigrants on the Santa Fe and Oregon trails through Indian territory., surveyed unmapped country, and maintained contact with Plains Indians. The efforts were abandoned in 1853 and Fort Scott became a community. Relations between whites and Indians degenerated and the post was reactivated during the Civil War.

the site consists of 20 historic structures, a parade ground and five acres of restored tallgrass prairie. The architectural style of the buildings is French Colonial with Greek Revival elements. The exteriors of the buildings are
restored to their 1840s appearance.

Recreation - Fort Scott is open to visitors for walking, touring historic structures, viewing exhibits and viewing demonstrations. The visitor center and bookstore are open year round with three museum areas and a 12-minute audiovisual program. There are eleven historic buildings open to the public that contain 33 historically furnished rooms. Also on site are five acres of restored tallgrass prairie. A short walking trail takes you through a portion of the prairie.

Climate - Spring and autumn in eastern Kansas are pleasant with mild temperatures. Summers are generally hot and humid, while winters are mild with
periods of cold weather and varying snowfall. Thunderstorms are common throughout the spring and summer. Heavy coats should be worn in winter, while persons traveling in other seasons should bring rain gear in case of thunderstorms.

Location - Fort Scott National Historic Site is located in downtown Fort Scott, Kansas, 90 miles south of Kansas City, on the Missouri/Kansas border. It is accessible from Highways 69 and 54.

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Contact Information:
Fort Scott National Historic Site, 1214 Middle Street , Fort Scott, KS, 66701-1471, Phone: 803-883-3123

Additional Information:
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Fort Scott National Historic Site - Official agency website


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