Fort Scott, Kansas

Park Rangers are so cool! We met one of our favorite Rangers at Fort Scott, who taught us about frontier fort life. Named for General Winfield Scott, who never even stepped foot in the state, Fort Scott is located on the border of what was a pro-slavery state and a free state as well as settled America and what was known as “Indian territory.” Mention of dragoons can set imaginations on fire. So, naturally, we had to visit! This fort has original buildings and is in such a well-preserved mid-1800s town, we felt like we had stepped back in time. Fort Scott was one of a line of forts from Minnesota to Louisiana that helped to enforce the promise of “a permanent Indian frontier.” If you have ever wondered about soldiering on the plains, this is the place for you!

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