Fort Scott is a 19th-century frontier army fort in Kansas that rose to fame during the American Civil War and the violent uprisings that occurred in Kansas at the time. It also served as one of the last army installations on the edge of what was then Indian Territory and served to supply and assist settlers heading west. These days, the original fort buildings have been restored (or, in other cases, re-built entirely) and makes for a nice family-friendly visit to discover Kansas’ role in American frontier history. You can visit barracks, officers’ quarters, ammunition storage facilities, bakeries, stables, and other buildings and there are usually interpreters who dress, speak, and act as if they were straight out of the 1800’s.
Aside from the historic fort and re-enactors, the Fort Scott site is also nestled on a prime stretch of Kansas prairie. Despite popular notions, prairie isn't dry and yellow, but rather beautiful, green, and full of wildflowers. If you visit Fort Scott on a spring day, you’ll be surprised at how beautiful the Kansas countryside can be.