Fort Larned - Western National Parks Association

Fort Larned

National Historic Site


Discover a complete and authentic Army post used from the 1860s to 1870s! This well-preserved fort on the Santa Fe Trail shares a tumultuous history of the Indian Wars era. The sandstone buildings sheltered troops known as the Guardians of the Santa Fe Trail.

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Fort Larned National Historic Site, located in central Kansas, was declared a national historic site in 1964. It’s one of the best-preserved military forts from the Indian Wars period. The 10th Calvary, one of two African-American regiments organized after the Civil War, was stationed there from 1867 to 1869.

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