Fort Scott Travel Guide

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Fort Scott Things to Do

  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Fort Scott National Historic Site is from a period of American history that's not well represented elsewhere. It gives you a chance to see what Americans were up to in the period before the American Civil War. It is the only installation that the American government ever built to keep the white Americans from migrating west. The...

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  • Festivals and Special Events

    Small county fairs that have agriculture as it’s focus are quickly disappearing. We have a really great one here in Bourbon County. There are kids showing the farm animals they have raised. The animals are in accessible stalls for the whole weekend. A great chance for those unfamiliar with livestock to get up close and personal. There is a...

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  • Downtown

    Every Friday night during the summer a group of local musicians play live music in the Heritage Pavilion downtown. It is a great way to really enjoy a summer evening. The performers are drawn from the local citizens and are often not the same each week. The vibe is country/folk. We actually have quite a bit of good talent in Fort Scott. So the...

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  • Gunn Park

    Fort Scott has large beautiful city park. There are shelters, lakes, and apretty good disc golf course. There is a campground something that was once common in little towns. Fort Scott has kept theirs. So take a break and have a picnic. Or set up and camp out.

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  • The Danny & Willa Ellis Fine Arts Center

    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...

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  • See The Battle of Mine Creek Site

    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...

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  • See a Part of Vanishing America The...

    Small county fairs that have agriculture as it’s focus are quickly disappearing. We have a really great one here in Bourbon County. There are kids showing the farm animals they have raised. The animals are in accessible stalls for the whole weekend. A great chance for those unfamiliar with livestock to get up close and personal.There is a rodeo....

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  • Meet Some Cowboy Poets and Musicians

    The area around Fort Scott has a rich ranch history. The ranch near my farm was so large that it had it’s own railroad station and hotel. So a festival celebrating the cowboy is a natural. Every June there is a really fantastic cowboy poetry and music festival. The talent is from all over the American west. The Echoes of the Trails is large enough...

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  • Live Local Music on Summer Evenings

    Every Friday night during the summer a group of local musicians play live music in the Heritage Pavilion downtown. It is a great way to really enjoy a summer evening.The performers are drawn from the local citizens and are often not the same each week. The vibe is country/folk. We actually have quite a bit of good talent in Fort Scott. So the music...

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  • Vsit a Site From an Odd Bit Of American...

    The Fort Scott National Historic Site is from a period of American history that's not well represented elsewhere. It gives you a chance to see what Americans were up to in the period before the American Civil War. It is the only installation that the American government ever built to keep the white Americans from migrating west. The administration...

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  • Independence Day At The Fort

    Spending the afternoon at a historic old fort helps to put the celebration in perspective. There are all the historic structures to root around in and living history presentations to add more interest. The Friends of The Fort ( a group of local volunteers) have started arranging a period band concert, and free REAL HOMEMADE ice cream in the...

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  • The American Civil War That Is Not In A...

    Each spring, some time in April the National Park hosts a Civil War encampment. Dozens of volunteers and park service personnel go all out and put on a huge living history display. If you have an interest in the history of the United States this is a great event.The attention to detail is excellent. There are formal presentations from life during...

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Fort Scott Restaurants

  • Upscale And Unusual Dining

    Located in a historic structure that has been lovingly restored by the owner. This is the most upscale dining spot in Fort Scott. It is a bit unusual as it is part of the Liberty Theater set up. It is only open Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It is a good idea to make reservations. This is because the menu is constantly changed depending on what is...

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  • Do Not Let The Location Fool You1

    No visit to fort Scott is complete without a stop at the Dog House. Their motto is "Bad Art Good Food" and they are not kidding. Some of the items that they produce are hands down the best restaurant food in town.Now do not be put off when you pull up. It is housed inside in a repourposed building and shares the space with a Mazzio's Pizza. As you...

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  • A Nice Pub

    This friendly local pub is housed in one of our historic structures. One of the owners is almost always there working. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. There is always a game on and the seating is uncrowded and plentiful. The staff is friendly and efficient. The menu is classic American pub/bar fare. Not fancy but good and filling. They have...

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  • A comfortable Coffee Shop

    Right in the heart of the historic downtown you will find a very friendly and relaxing place to have a bit of coffee and something light to eat. The Common Ground coffee shop is relaxing and pleasant. They have made great use of one of our historic buildings.They have wifi which is nice when you are traveling. They serve pastries and light lunch...

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  • A Great Surprise for Our Little Town!

    UPDATE: The Restaurant is now closed. The event venue is still available. The Contact Info Is still the same.Located in the Historic Downtown this is a great treat for such a small town. The building is a lovingly restored Ford Dealership, from when they were in real buildings. The space is open and airy with huge windows. In the evening they use...

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  • Funky and Good BBQ

    This locally owned place is just what the doctor ordered if you need a little meat to eat. Out side looks rough but inside it is clean and fun. You step up to the counter to order and the food is brought to your table. There is a wide selection of items from ribs and sandwiches to burnt ends. There is a good selection of well made sides. There was...

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Fort Scott Nightlife

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    by cyberchaos Written Jan 19, 2004

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    come on in and meet the people in this friendly bar. trust me you will always feel welcome. the owner 'harrylee meek' is around putting music on the jukebox and always has interesting stories to tell. bonnie the bartender will make you feel at home....listen to all kinds of music, known for having the coldest beer in town. the cleanest bar i have been in. and i have been in alot of bars. lol

    Dress Code: like toby kieth says...come as you are

    harry lee

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Fort Scott Transportation

  • One way to see Fort Scott is...

    One way to see Fort Scott is by taking the trolley tour. Tours leave from in front of the visitor center.

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  • Fort Scott is easily reached...

    Fort Scott is easily reached by car on highways 54 and 69. You can get around on the trolley but I would suggest you have a car. Kansas is a big state with many things to see but because it is a big state the attractions are spread out far enough to need a car.

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Fort Scott Shopping

  • Enjoy Some Coffee and Equip Your Kitchen

    This is a really great downtown shop. Jim and Cynthia are always welcoming and friendly. They always offer to chat and share a cup of coffee. They have a great selection of kitchen items. Cynthia and Jim have brought their own style to the slection. You will find many unique items. They have a local focus on many of their products.They stock...

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  • antiques...antiques and more

    the shop is located downtown on main st. come on in and browse around. grandma will make you feel welcome and at home. she has lots and lots of antiques,novelties,gifts made by townspeople and much more. well i would say the famous fort scott bricks...but you would have to dig those up out of the street lol....memorabilia from the civil...

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Fort Scott Local Customs

  • Farmers Market

    Local farmers and gardeners congregate at the north end of the main street by the fort to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, etc. during the growing season (approximately mid-April through late October).

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  • If You Have a Question

    One great resource if you are planning a trip to Fort Scott is the Chamber Of Commerce.It is meant to promote business but our chamber is involved in al aspects of life in Fort Scott. Their web site is a clearing house of information for what is going on.Check the calendar of events to make sure that you do not miss something fun while you are...

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Fort Scott Off The Beaten Path

  • Catch a Summer or Fall Ballgame

    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...

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  • Nevada, a preserved old town.

    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.

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  • our park built in 1888

    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...

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Fort Scott Favorites

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    by cyberchaos Updated Jan 20, 2004

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    Favorite thing: dolly the trolly rides are given everyday. the tour starts from the c.o.c. in front of the fort and takes you all around to visit and see the beautiful old mansions we have here. and in october during harvest festival weekend you will ride dolly into the paths of ghost and goblins......thats right, here,in the fort it has been known on anygiven night go to gaze up at the woman in the officers quarterhouse..she is believed to be about 19 years of age..her beauty in the amber light raidiates, her long dark silken hair flows at her side, but her ghost seems to be sad..there has been many speculations to why this maiden is so sad..visit the fort,take the opportunity to see if you can understand her sadness........who knows you just might.

    Fondest memory: my memories will always remain right here in fort scott..the fact that i still live in the house i was brought home to 52 years ago...my kids all live around close and their kids play in the very same park i did as a child..and most of them were born in the same hospital as i. the smell of fresh cut grass reminding me of my dad mowing many years ago ...mom's great dinners that my siblings and i sat and enjoyed and at holidays,the fact that my kids,grandkids and i sit at the very same kitchen that i enjoyed many many good meals and happy moments growing up as a child. the historic buildings downtown that to this day still stand strong in their original state. its our own corner of the world.

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