Fort Scott National Historic Site


Fort Scott National Historic Site, occupied by the United States Army from 1842-73, is preserved for its significant role in westward expansion. Among the site's protected resources are 20 historic structures, parade ground, and five acres of restored tallgrass prairie. The site is open daily for self-guided tours. A 23 minute audio-visual program orients visitors to the history of the site. Guided tours are offered daily at 1:00 p.m. during the summer. A minimum of one and one half hours is recommended to view the audio-visual program and to walk through the buildings. Three to four hours are required to read all the exhibits and to participate in the interpretive activities offered during the summer. Activities on special event weekends go throughout the day.



Seasonality / Weather

Spring and autumn are pleasant with mild temperatures. Summers are generally hot and humid, while winters are mild with periods of cold weather and varying snowfall. Thunderstorms are common throughout the spring and summer. Heavy coats should be worn in winter, while persons traveling in other seasons should bring rain gear in case of thunderstorms.



Fort Scott National Historic Site is located in downtown Fort Scott, Kansas. U.S. Highways 69 and 54 intersect here. Fort Scott is about 90 miles south of Kansas City and 60 miles northwest of Joplin, MO. It is 4 miles from the Kansas-Missouri border. Signs directing visitors to Fort Scott are posted on highway 69 for visitors coming from the north and the south and on highway 54 for visitors coming from the east and the west. The entrance to the site is one block west of the intersection of Highway 69 and Highway 54 east. (Highway 54 west splits off from Highway 69 about 1/2 mile north of town.)


The town of Fort Scott has a small airport. A larger airport is located 60 miles away in Joplin, MO. The nearest international airport is in Kansas City-90 miles away.

Public Transport: 

The town of Fort Scott is served by Jefferson Bus Lines.