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Fort Dodge - 1865 to 1882

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Situated on a site once used as a camping ground by wagon trains, Fort Dodge was a supply depot and base of operations against warring Plains Indians. The fort was established in 1865. The first buildings were sod and adobe, and some troops lived in dugouts. Disease was common during the first year in the isolated fort.

The 7th U.S. Cavalry was at Fort Dodge when George Armstrong Custer returned to his regiment after a court martial suspension. The fort was abandoned in 1882. Eight years later Fort Dodge was deeded to the state for use as a soldiers home, and it still serves today as the Kansas Soldiers Home.

Location: Kansas Hwy 154, Fort Dodge Kansas 67801 Telephone 316-227-2121

Other History nearby:
(Dodge City) Boot Hill Museum and Front Street
(Medicine Lodge) Carry A. Nation at Stockade Museum
(Fort Dodge) Fort Dodge - 1865 to 1882
(Paducah) Heritage Museum

02/05 Coming to The Fort Dodge area
Wild West Festival Hays City KS July3-6 A typical Kansas fair -- parade, big name music stars, games, demonstrations, competitions and shows, including fireworks.
Dodge City Days Dodge City KS July26-August4 The 10-day celebration hosts more than 50 events including Q-97 FM DODGE CITY DAYS COUNTRY Concert, the top-rated Dodge City Days Rodeo, a 2-day Indoor Craft show with over 200 crafters from a 10-state area, KidFest, and Professional Barbecue Contest.