Kansas Historic Sites

By Maureen A. Taylor Premium

? Fort Hays State Historic Site

1472 US Highway 183 Alt

Hays, KS 67601

(785) 625-6812

<www.kshs.org/places/forthays>: Visit this US Army post — active from 1865 to 1889 — and you’ll see the original 1867 blockhouse and 1872 guardhouse, furnished officers’ quarters and American Indian artifacts.

? Fort Scott National Historic Site

US 69 and US 54

Fort Scott, KS 66701

(620) 223-0310

<www.nps.gov/fosc>: The US National Park Service maintains Fort Scott’s 20 historic structures, a military parade ground and 5 acres of restored tallgrass prairie. Established in 1842, Fort Scott now serves as a tribute to western settlement and civilization.

? Frontier Army Museum

100 Reynolds Ave.

Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027

(913) 684-3191

<garrison.leavenworth.army.mil/sites/services/museum.asp>: This museum showcases weapons, uniforms and other equipment used by soldiers serving west of the Mississippi River between 1804 and 1917.

? Kansas Museum of History

6425 SW Sixth Ave.

Topeka, KS 66615

(785) 272-8681

<www.kshs.org/places/museum.htm>: View a panorama of Kansas history in special and permanent exhibits, featuring artifacts such as a Cheyenne tepee, a covered wagon and a locomotive made for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad.

? Mennonite Heritage Museum

200 N. Poplar St.

Goessel, KS 67053

(620) 367-8200

<skyways.lib.ks.us/museums/goessel>: Comprising eight buildings, this museum offers a glimpse into the lives of Russian Mennonites who settled here in 1874.

? Native American Heritage Museum State Historic Site

1737 Elgin Road

Highland, KS 66035

(785) 442-3304

<www.kshs.org/places/nativeamerican>: Exhibits in this museum — once a Presbyterian mission on the Oregon-California Trail — educate visitors about the Great Lakes Indians forced to migrate to Kansas in the 1800s. You’ll also see artwork by their descendants.

? Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site

3403 W. 53rd St.

Fairway, KS 66205

(913) 262-0867

<www.kshs.org/places/shawnee>:Between 1839 and 1862, this 12-acre site was a school for Shawnee, Delaware and other Indian nations. See teachers’ living quarters, classrooms, dormitories and tools the children used.

Visitor Information

? Kansas Travel & Tourism

700 SW Harrison St.

Suite 1300

Topeka, KS 66603

(800) 252-6727


? Topeka Convention & Visitors Bureau

1275 SW Topeka Blvd.

Topeka, KS 66612

(800) 235-1030



rom the August 2005 Family Tree Magazine