Fun at Forts

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Seeing military history is easy at Fort Scott and Fort Leavenworth, both in Kansas. The forts were built to keep peace among Indian tribes and settlers heading west before Kansas was a state. Fort Leavenworth opened in 1827 and Fort Scott in 1842, both were gates to western expansion.

Eventually, there was a need to bury soldiers and cemeteries were established at each fort in 1862. These National Cemeteries offer a solemn and historic experience in American history. However, there are historic tours of nearby towns to lighten the mood. If frontier forts sound interesting, Kansas has eight and many offer living history programs and annual events. Visitwww.fortscott.com; http://www.army.mil/info/history/; www.nps.gov/fosc/home.htm.

from Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing

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