Leavenworth Travel Guide

  • Ft. Leavenworth Cemetery
    Ft. Leavenworth Cemetery
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  • Military Prison
    Military Prison
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  • Main entry off Biddle St.
    Main entry off Biddle St.
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Leavenworth Things to Do

  • From Abraham Lincoln to Buffalo Bill

    Take a walk back in time to where the West began. From Abraham Lincoln to Buffalo Bill, to Susan B. Anthony to the Star of the West Saloon, to the African-American Unsung Heroes, one will be captivated by Leavenworth past and present.

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  • Carroll Mansion

    This is one of the remaining mansions along Fifth Avenue that was the prestige block in town. The Victorian style architecture is reflected throughout the mansion that has 16 rooms. Built starting in 1867 by John Foster, the lot already had a small home on the site, and later Foster deeded other lots for sale to keep up his state of poverty. Foster...

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  • Ft. Leavenworth Frontier Army Museum

    This is quite a large museum that holds a lot of old military items such as cannon, weapons of all kinds, military uniforms, supplies/wagons, and so forth. There also is a great description of chronological events that took place from the fort that protected and escorted settlers heading west, and were involved with the various wars (like Mexican...

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  • Ft. Leavenworth Cemetery

    This is a somber moment to think of the lives that sacrificed their own to save our freedoms. Not all died from wars, but natural death is also noted on the tombstones. The oldest known marker is from 1846. Lincoln dedicated this cemetery during the Civil War, and now it has 12,000 graves.

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  • US Federal Prison-Military Discipline...

    This was built over a period of 25 years, but labor from the military prison at Ft. Leavenworth. Completion was in 1903, and it looks still ornate at the main entry area. There are today 2300 prisoners here.The old military Discipline barracks from 1921 is now closed, and repair work on the grounds inside, as well as a restaurant are on the...

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  • Architectural Homes in the City

    Leavenworth states it has 7 different historical districts in the immediate downtown area; all are but a couple of blocks each. I drove around most and saw some nice homes, but also a lot of homes not kept up in good condition. The Harvey House home on 724 Olive is presented as being a site to tour. That IS NOT case in that they still have been...

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  • The Allen-Anthony Home

    Two-story Italianate/Classical Revival-style house built in 1868. For a period of time, this home was owned by Daniel Reed Anthony, brother of renowned suffragette, Susan B. Anthony, who visited him at this home. President William Howard Taft and Melissa Etheridge have also visited the house.I ran across this interesting information regarding the...

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  • The North Esplanade

    The shaded, grassy parkway overlooking the Missouri River is Kansas' oldest city park, fitting for the state's oldest city. Many of the homes along the North Esplanade date to the 1860s - 80s and were built by Leavenworth's early city leaders and industrialists.

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  • Riverfront Park

    This small park on the banks of the Missouri River has picnic and camping facilities, as well as a boat ramp. The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached this point on July 1, 1804, and camped for the night just across the river. An educational kiosk provides helpful information regarding their findings in the area. The park also affords an excellent...

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  • C.W. Parker Carousel Museum

    This museum alone warrants a visit to Leavenworth! Who doesn't love a carousel? The highlight is a 1913 C.W. Parker Carousel purchased by the Leavenworth Historical Society and re-furbished in 1997. It's in working condition and can be ridden. I have a short video of this carousel in action and will upload it shortly. Adjacent to that is a...

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  • Famous "Residence"

    The Big House - Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary - definitely not a place to visit, but one to see from the road or from this viewing stand far to the west side of the infamous facility. Some of its better-known occupants through the ages: Buggsy Moran, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Leonard Peltier, Robert Stroud (the Bird Man of Alcatraz), and...

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  • Veterans Cemetery

    Final resting place for thousands of military veterans from numerous eras, many wars. A somber, yet peaceful place. The beautiful rolling land has also served as part of a Delaware Indian reservation, and later the Stockbridge (Indian) Baptist Mission.

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Leavenworth Restaurants

  • Fantastic breakfast at Family Restaurant

    Could anything be more catching and comforting than a true American breakfast with eggs, cornbread, pancakes, biscuits, hot waffles, fruits, mild, yummy coffee shared in great, American company. No, nothing can beat that! Pullman Place Family Restaurant is a most pleasant place, visitors will love and enjoy their time there.

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  • Home Style Korean Cuisine & Groceries...

    Arirang's is owned and operated by Dae Sung Lim, who does all the cooking and serving and runs the little grocery in the front. The restaurant is tiny and seats only about 10 people, and is mostly known to locals. Lim's bubbly personality and his excellent cooking more than compensate and he does not disappoint. In his grocery he sells some of his...

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Leavenworth Nightlife

  • Saloon & Brewery

    Very lovely and nice local hang out. Great music. Great food. Beer is locally brewed. Folks there are very kind and cordial. Nice pool table & karaoke. Very smokey yet.

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  • Definitively not my cup of tea

    Not sure what to think about that place. And no idea why it calls extreme. Not into night-outs anyway. We been there fortunately about an hour or two only. It's a spot that plays way too much of rap and hip hop. The orange juice I've had there was ok.

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    by basstbn Written Nov 19, 2009

    Leavenworth hosts a Veterans Day parade each year on that holiday - November 11. Due to the large number of active and retired military personnel living in the area (close to Fort Leavenworth), there is always many participants. School districts in Leavenworth and nearby Lansing dismiss classes for the day, as well. The photos shown are from the 2009 parade.

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    by sargentjeff Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Fondest memory: The leaves of Autumn are spectacular. You can see about five different shades on this one tree alone

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