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“Great Historic Site, Worth Small Trip”

Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Hays
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Owner description: Four original buildings from the frontier days of Fort Hays.
Reviewed 24 September 2011

I've been to the Fort Hays State Historic Site several times, and am always impressed with the history. During my first visit, I was treated to a tour (not sure the cost), but the tour helped explain the different buildings and their purpose.

What I really found interesting were the stories about the "Blue Light Lady". Rumor has it that the ghost of female with a Florence Nightengale-esque story roams around this area at night. Supposedly, the lady's husband was stationed at this fort, and, after a battle with a sickness (malaria, I believe), the husband and several others died. This lady helped out the medical staff during this time. She would carry a blue lantern, and, rumor has it, this blue light can sometimes be seen on the prairie around this fort.

Thank Darin J
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

There wasn't much there to look at, but it didn't cost much either. The few buildings that are there are pretty neat, but if you don't expect much, you won't be let down.

Thank hussmanndrifter
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

What a joke and what a waste why did they let this fort go to waste like this?? What a tragedy...

Thank samspade30
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Reviewed 4 June 2011

Stopped by on our trek across the country, with a 15 & 12 year old on tow. For a very small fee ($3), we were treated to a personal tour of the grounds by a knowledgable, often witty guide. The exhibits inside the visitor center are exceptionally well done; thought-provoking and somewhat interactive. The kids even had the opportunity to try on A Civil War uniform. Of the dozens of forts in the Midwest, Fort Hays is a must-see.

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