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Old Fort Hays

Fort Hays State Historic Site was the location of an important fort on the Kansas frontier. Many well-known officers of the day were stationed at the post. The famous figures include Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, General Nelson Miles, General Philip Sheridan, and Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Fort Hays also was the home of several well-known Indian wars regiments such as the Seventh U.S. Cavalry, the Fifth U.S. Infantry, and the Tenth U.S. Cavalry, whose black troopers were better known as buffalo soldiers. Today four historic buildings survive: the blockhouse, guardhouse, and two officers' quarters. A modern visitor's center, through displays and artifacts from the fort, helps interpret the significance of Fort Hays to the forty thousand visitors that the site draws each year. Exhibits include historic toys, household furnishings, weapons and archeological material. The fort offers guided tours, special events, and various programming on historic topics.

Location: 1472 Alternate Hwy 183, Hays City KansasTelephone 785-625-6812

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