“Historic Fort in Hays, KS”
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant John Denny served at Fort Hays from January 1882 to December 1884. He and other African American “Buffalo Soldiers” are part of the rich Fort Hays history that includes names like Generals George A. Custer, Nelson Miles, and Philip Sheridan; Major Marcus Reno; William “Buffalo Bill” Cody; and James B. “Wild Bill” Hickok. Established in 1865 in the land of the Cheyenne and Arapaho, the fort protected railroad workers and travelers on the Smoky Hill Trail. See the soldiers’ clothing, weapons, and personal items, including George Custer’s dumbbell forged by the fort’s blacksmith. Learn more about the soldiers and the people they were protecting when you visit Fort Hays. Admission: Adults: $5 Students: $1 Children 5 & Under and Members of "Friends of the Fort": FREE
You have to take a tour (5$ pp) to walk the side. So, its not a short stop! If you have the time it might be a nice alternation!
We stopped here for about an hour. They had a small building you explored by yourself and then a guide took you on a tour of the officers' quarters. There was also a jailhouse, which had names inscribed all over the outside. All in all a pretty neat stop.
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