The classic summer ball game is alive and well in Fort Scott. If you will be visiting during the season then I recommend catching a game. This is a small town at it’s best.
A warm summer evening on the bleachers with a hotdog watching girls and boys play their heart out is great. So if you see the lights on at the field or check the community calendar on the chamber web site head down and watch a game.
If you are from outside the U.S. this is a great way to see what real Americans are like. It is almost like sitting in their living rooms. Just be sure which side you are sitting on before you cheer too loudly.
Do not forget Football too
The town of 9,000 has many historic buildings, and Cottey College. That campus of town year degrees for women has 14 structures and all old. The town is on Hwy 54 between Hwy 69 on Kansas side and Hwy 71 on Missouri side; about 20 miles from Fort Scott and 10 miles to Hwy 71.
About 20 minutes north of Fort Scott you will see a sign for Mine Creek Battlefield Park. There is a nice little museum there and a trail that goes through the battle field and explains how the Civil War battle happened here. Walking the trail is a history lesson but is also a nice nature hike because you walk through fields and woods and cross a bridge over Mine Creek.
On highway 69 about 20 minutes north of Fort Scott is a historic marker for Marais Des Cygne Massacre Park. It is a few miles off the highway but if you follow the signs you will find it. There is a nice little park out in the middle of a rural area. It did not appear to be used by any one very often. My wife and I had a picnic lunch there and saw a great variety of birds in the trees above our picnic spot.
The site is an important historic site because there is an old cabin there from the 1800's and because a massacre took place here. During the years before the Civil War, 1850's, my state was called Bleeding Kansas because so much blood was shed here. Men opposed to slavery killed men who were in favor of it and vice versa long before the Civil War ever began. One dark night men from one faction got together in a group and went from farm to farm of those with different politics from their own. They took their neighbors hostage. The kidnapped men were taken to a steep ridge at this lonesome site and murdered. The bodies were tossed over the ridge.
There is a secluded park there now and a few flowers. It is a lovely spot if you don't know what happened there.
gunn park here in fort scott,kansas is very very old but needless to say,a pleasant place to go when visiting here. we have two ponds, the original shelter house and a lotta fishin going on. the play grounds,camping area,jogging paths are all kept as neat and tidy as way back when. alot of famous faces have ventured to our park......gordon parks use to go fishing there as a child.
From Fort Scott if you go about 25 miles north on 69 highway you will find the Marais De Cygne National Wildlife Refuge for bird watching. If you are going to Fort Scott from Kansas City you will practically be there.
Here is Ralph Richard's Museum in down town area. I have not been inside. I'll try to make it to Fort Scott on a day the museum is open and update this page.