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Visit Fort Larned, Kansas:
    Established as Camp on Pawnee Fork in October of 1859 and later named Camp Alert and then Fort Larned, this military post helped protect the Santa Fe Trail and the railroad that replaced it, was an important post throughout the Civil War, and was actively involved in the Indian Wars during and after the Civil War. The post was abandoned in 1878. As you enter Fort Larned National Historic Site today, keep in mind that you are stepping back into the late 1860s. Imagine what life was like here during those years. Enjoy you visit.

Protecting You and The Fort:
     Occasionally restoration or maintenance require closing part or all of an area or building due to work-site hazards. Please respect all closure signs. Watch for non standard steps and uneven footing throughout the Fort.

     The irreplaceable historic building of Fort Larned are closed to smoking or any other activity that could destroy or damage them. Much of the carving on the walls dates from the early days of the Fort and is historic, carving today damages historic values and is prohibited by federal law. All plants and animals are also protected.

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