Totally Unexpected Excellent Visit to Fort Larned, Kansas
Posted On 12/14/2020 09:09:17
Camping | Kansas | Fort Larned National Historic Site | Fort Larned | Santa Fe Trail | Pioneer Trail | Prairie | United States Mail Route
Located in western Kansas, Fort Larned was a frontier fort that sat on the wide open prairie. An interesting thing about the fort is that it was built with no surrounding walls. Today, visitors can tour the parade grounds, officer's buildings, barracks and other store houses. The restoration work is very authentic and shows what life was like during the pioneer days.
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Do you ever make unplanned stops while on road trips?
While driving through Kansas during our fall 2018 road trip, Scott noticed a sign advertising Fort Larned. After sitting in the car for 4 1/2 hours, the location was perfect for a "get out and stretch" break. We agreed that if there was RV parking and the entrance cost was reasonable, we'd take a drive break to explore. We got lucky - entrance was free and a section of the parking lot was devoted to buses and RVs!
The fort was originally built to protect and secure the US mail route along the Santa Fe Trail. Once the railroad was complete and used for mail transit, the role of the fort changed several times. Nine of the original buildings surrounding the parade grounds have been restored and a self-guided tour helped us get a feel for the daily life of those who served.
What memories do you have from an unplanned stop that you made?