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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2020 10:09 p.m. PST

"The U. S. Army established nine principal forts in Kansas during the 19th century. The mission of the frontier forts before and after the Civil War was to escort freighters and settlers using the Santa Fe and Smoky Hill trails, to protect railroad construction crews, and to serve as a staging place for war if the need arose. In Kansas, as elsewhere in the West, these military installations consisted of officers' quarters, soldiers' barracks, stables, military storehouses, and headquarters buildings arranged around a parade ground. Although they were centers of considerable activity during the 1860s and 1870s, in most cases their usefulness to the army was short lived and only two of the nine forts remain active today…"
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Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2020 7:54 a.m. PST

Fort Larned is a amazingly preserved fort and worth going off I-70 to check out.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2020 12:25 p.m. PST



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