Home to the Guardians of the Santa Fe Trail

Discover a complete and authentic army post from the 1860s -1870s! This well-preserved fort on the Santa Fe Trail shares a tumultuous history of the Indian Wars era. The sandstone constructed buildings sheltered troops who were known as the Guardians of the Santa Fe Trail. 


Three men in 19th century U.S. army uniforms firing a cannon.

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Mule Wagons

Guarding the Santa Fe Trail

Trade on the Santa Fe Trail was profitable but dangerous work. Indian attacks were becoming frequent. A permanent U.S. military presence was needed.

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The Indian Wars

Hancock's War

The spring of 1867 became Kansas's bloodiest season in the Indian Wars period. General W. S. Hancock led a mission to prove the might of the army.

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U.S. 10th Cavalry

Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Larned

Company A of the 10th U.S. Cavalry served at Fort Larned from 1867 to 1869. Despite their admirable record they regularly dealt with issues of racism.

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Living History at Special Events

Special Events You Will Always Remember

Fort Larned comes to life with all the sights, sounds, and smells of a working frontier fort during our special event weekends.

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