Fort Scott is really a small town. Around 8,000 people or so. So when we have a place to exhibit are and stage live performances as nice as this it is a big treat.
When you visit Fort Scott you should look to see if any performances or special events at the Ellis Fine Arts Center. During the year have The Gordon Parks Festival, The Cowboy Poetry And Music Weekend. We also have many other local and visiting artists that will perform at the Ellis.
The sound and lights in the auditorium are state of the art. The seating is very comfortable. In the front of the building we have the Gordon Parks Center. Many of his photograph and some of his poetry are on diplay and worth seeing.
Just north of Fort Scott there is a very significant battle site. Little known to many The Battle Of Mine Creek was the battle that crushed all hope of the confederacy West of the Mississippi.
As the Army of Sterling Price retired from their loss at Westport there was some semblance of order. Price still held out hope of assaulting Fort Scott and commandeering the stores held there.
Encumbered by a large wagon train filled with booty from Price’s raid through Missouri tried to cross the creek cutting through the battle field. The confederates' retreat stalled. At this critical point 3,000 mounted union troops arrived and formed up for attack. 7,000 confederates formed a defensive line to cover the wagon train as it crossed the creek. A bold mounted advance broke the confederate line and induced a panicked rout.
There were 1,000 dead and captured confederates. The union captured all the confederate artillery. Many were killed after capture. Any man found wearing union equipment was not shown much mercy.
This type of unrestricted war was very common in this part of the country. The war on the western border of Missouri was a guerrilla war. Passions ran very high out here. Many non-combatants were killed outright no matter which side they were on.
In the aftermath of this engagement Price continues to withdraw bypassing Fort Scott and fleeing from contact with union troops.
The battlefield is managed by historians. They have removed things like building and trees that were not present at the time of the battle. It has a very interesting look and feel. They host reenactments on the actual field ( a rare thing). I f you have an interest in history this site is well worth the trip.
If you have a chance to visit the Battle of Westport site in Kansas City it will add prespective. See my tip on that
This town is still a site for a visit in spite of downturn in industry here, and in 2005 a large fire engulfing some historical buildings. They want you to stay and enjoy. The railroad was one of the main reasons for surviving of the town for years. At the end of 1800's, it was rivaling Kansas City.
This is a site, and the last one preserved and presented by the US depicting the Civil War battle here. There were 2,400 Union cavalry troops that routed 8,000 Confederates along the creek. The Union charged the front line, and the South cavalry stood ground for a while, and then retreated back to the creek and crossed to get away. They had to make a fast run backward since the North pursued swiftly. Eventually the confrontation petered out ready for another day.
The museum costs $2 and is worth the side trip. Open hours generally 9-5 Wed-Sat. The center is 3,000 square feet; not big but has good info. About 10 miles north of Fort Scott, and 60 miles south of Kansas City
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