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“Great historical site”

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 15 July 2014

If you are a fan of the plains/Indians wars and frontier military life this is a must see. There is a guided tour and self tour, the guided tour you get to see 2 original officers quarters filled with time period accurate artifacts. Grounds are well kept. The only down side is the golf course that backs up to the property.

1  Thank Tina S
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Fort Hays Historic Site near Hays, Kansas is certainly worth a stop. This was a fort in service in the later part of the 1800's. There is a very nice Welcome Center, with a short video about the site. Also in the Welcome Center are exhibits depicting life there. You can take a tour of 2 of the original officer's quarters. There are also 2 other original buildings on the property, and they have interactive activities so that you can learn more about this important Fort and it's place in Kansas history. Just recently acquired are silhouettes on the grounds of persons who served at Fort Hays, and markings with descriptions of where other buildings were located and their purpose. Very nice educational stop to learn of our western expansion in Kansas.

1  Thank lovesfortrob
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

The organized tour is thoughtful and informative. It covers part of the fort, while the other areas are accessible to visitors via self-tour. The state historical society has done an excellent job of preserving and partially restoring the 19th-century site. One has a sense not just of local history but also how the fort and its counterparts on the High Plains figured in the history of westward expansion and in the relations between European and Native Americans. Another strong point is the vivid picture painted of the lives of the soldiers of the day, including details of everyday life, the pitfalls of payday binges, and the hazards of frontier living. To get the most of the visit I would recommend spending two to three hours, but a quicker walk-through is also possible and interesting.

Thank Glenmere7
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

It is a well preserved piece of Kansas history. Our guide was very informative. The grounds were well kept as were the buildings. The live buffaloes across the road are a nice touch. The gift shop had a nice selection.

1  Thank LionTraveler
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

As mentioned in our hotel review, this is not far from the beaten path and tells you about the area. It has 4 original building, a really neat bison statue (daughter loved it). Nice area to walk around. Across the road were bison that were fenced in which was also nice for my daughter to see as well. The have a visitor center as well but we didn't arrive early enough to look around inside.

1  Thank Kevin B
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