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  • The two main historical sites...

    The two main historical sites border a parade field on the Main Post. Custer House was, at one time, the residence of General Custer. It is a one story limestone building situated among two story limestone officer housing. It is located at 24 Sheridan Avenue. It is open to the public. The opening times of the Custer House may be extremely limited...

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  • At the open house we watched a...

    At the open house we watched a performance by these young soldiers on horse back. They are the Fort Riley honor guard. There are more photos of them dueling with swords and jumping obstacles in travelogue for Honor Guard.

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  • The choice of restaurants is...

    The choice of restaurants is limited. There is a Burger King on Custer Hill. On the Main Post, one can eat at the Irwin Army Community Hospital cafeteria. There are vending machines throughout the post.

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  • There was all kinds of great...

    There was all kinds of great food at the Fort Riley open house. Many of the food booths were run by different companies of soldiers.

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  • Burger King on Custer Hill. ...

    Burger King on Custer Hill. Hey, other than a chow hall, that is the only place to realy eat.Loooooong lines during lunch, breakfast and dinner. No sales tax though because it is a federal base. Uhm, fries.

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Prairie National Park Nightlife

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    by Skylink Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Nightlife in Fort Riley tends to be of a private nature, such as people having a barbeque or dinner together at a home. The closest thing to nightlife might be at the bars near Kansas State University or at a movie theater in Manhattan, about 20 km (12 miles) away. Perhaps one could do some nighttime fishing at nearby Tuttle Creek Reservoir or Milford Lake.

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Prairie National Park Transportation

  • The only practical way to get...

    The only practical way to get to Fort Riley is by car. If you are arriving by commercial airline, there is an airport at Manhattan, Kansas (about 20 km north of Fort Riley) and a much busier airport in Kansas City (possibly 200 km / 120 mi. away). Manhattan Airport is served by US Airways Express.The best way to get around Fort Riley is by car....

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  • At the open house we got to go...

    At the open house we got to go inside of tanks, helicopters, mortars, and ambulances. We could even sit on one of the honor guard horses and have our photo taken.

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  • Fort Riley has been the site...

    Fort Riley has been the site of history. It was established to guard the Oregon and Santa Fe trails during the early days of US history. Later, forces from the 1st Infantry Division participated in every major conflict where U.S. Army forces were called into action, including in the Gulf War. The 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) was...

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  • This clock tower is on top of...

    This clock tower is on top of the building which houses the Cavalry museum. It is a great museum for learning about history. Go out of the back door in the gift shop and the Regimental Museum will be in front of you. It is also a good museum. The museums are free to visit when you are at Fort Riley.

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    by brdwtchr Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This statue is on the large parade ground. It is across the street from Custer house. The museum is on the east edge of this same parade ground.

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  • A scenic view can be had by...

    A scenic view can be had by visiting the hill overlooking the army airfield. The hill has an atomic cannon and other old artillery pieces. The hill is located next to the airfield and the interstate highway. If the post is closed to the public, this area may still be accessible. (You can see a photo of the atomic cannon by visiting brdwtchr's...

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  • Becky got inside of this big...

    Becky got inside of this big tank. I made a travelogue just for fun called, 'Becky gets drafted' using photos we took at the open house. My fondest memory would have to be seeing the honor guard in action. My second fondest memory was going to Fort Riley when I was young to visit my uncle John. He was stationed there during the 1970's.

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  • Visit the Calvary Museum. It...

    Visit the Calvary Museum. It contains a lot of interesting exhibits detailing the history of both mounted and armored calvary at Fort Riley. There is also minor exhibits on other aspects of Army life.Their email is cavalry@flinthills.comAnd phone is (785)784-5797 Nightfire at range 18! There is a spot were civilians can park and watch as the M1A1...

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