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Fort Hays State Historic Site

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Address: Hays, KS
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09:00 - 17:00
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Four original buildings from the frontier days of Fort Hays.

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I was visiting family in Hays and they along with me had never visited the fort. I thought it would be great for two young men to learn about the history. The buildings have... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 August 2016
Mike B
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Hays, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have lived in Hays for a long time. It's been many years since we had visited Fort Hays. We had family back and went to visit. I had forgotten how historical it was. They had added many exhibits since we had been there. A great place to relive our heritage.

Thank Doug S
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

My family and myself went here in early December 2016 for the Christmas at the Fort event and we were really impressed. The place was dark with lanterns all along the sidewalks that really made my 4 yr old happy. I recommend this place to all!

Thank Kris B
West Lafayette
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Located about two miles from I-70 and across from a small buffalo herd, this is worth a stop if you’re interested in Western U.S. history. Gen. Custer, Buffalo Bill, and Wild Bill Hickock have all passed through. The once expansive fort now consists of the original stone block house, two 2-story officers’ quarters buildings (the main part of the tour),... More 

Thank Mack3065
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I was visiting family in Hays and they along with me had never visited the fort. I thought it would be great for two young men to learn about the history. The buildings have been kept up nicely and the interactive displays are very interesting. It was very interesting to look out the front see the buffalo herd and imagine... More 

Thank Mike B
Hays, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

I never knew how the frontier and forts part of Kansas history were so entwined with the early settlement part of Kansas history. I was surprised to learn that the fort was still in operation when the railroad came to Hays. The fort was supplied by rail and the soldiers went into Hays to blow off steam. Many also had... More 

Thank Henry A
Denver, co
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Great spot with officers quarters, a guardhouse, a blockhouse, and lots of interpretive signs. Really enjoyed our time there, and the history specialist had lots of stories and information.

Thank d s
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Fort Hays State Historic Site is a great stop for families. You get to see how the soldiers and their families lived while working on the plains. You feel surrounded by the history and the unique characters that served on the high plains.

Thank Jeannine B
Wichita, Kansas
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72 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

We stopped at this museum when it had already closed but were still able to walk around and read the various signs that explained what went on here. Few buildings actually remain, but there is enough here to make it interesting. It definitely makes you appreciate the conveniences we have today. A good history lesson that you can do in... More 

Thank AmericanexpatKL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

Looking for something to do before eating dinner seen that this was close so we went over to see, glad we did. There were a few buildings left. Lots of good information and things to see.

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Arapahoe, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took the tour, and we will be coming back with the kids. It's a lot of walking, but there are benches here and there which help. I liked the videos and audio clips. It was pretty neat seeing how people lived way back when. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Well worth the $5 admission.

Thank staceyc777

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