Fort Riley,,Kansas

Fort Riley, Kansas

In an 1843 expedition, Captain John C. Fremont, "The Pathfinder," camped at the junction of the Smoky Hill and Republican Rivers. He reported great numbers of elk, antelope and Indians. Most of the Indian tribes were friendly at the time, because settlers had not yet moved into the area.

Within a few years, however, the "Great Migration" along the Oregon Trail and trade along the Santa Fe Trail brought thousands of pioneers through the "Indian Territory," as Kansas was known back then.

Indian war parties began raiding wagon trains as they traveled through the bluffs of eastern Kansas. It became evident that military protection was needed for these pioneers. Thus began the chain of events leading to the founding of Fort Riley in 1852. At the time it was named Fort Center - because it was believed to be the geographical center of the country. In 1853, the post was renamed after Major General Bennett Riley.

Fort Riley stood as the major horse cavalry training school in our country and boasted a position as one of the best cavalry training schools in the world. The famous 7th Cavalry was put through harsh and difficult training before leaving for campaigns against Indians. From the gates of Fort Riley, the cavalry rode to such famous campaigns as: Beecher's Island, the Washita River Fight, and Battle of the Little Big Horn.

The First Infantry Division, more commonly known as the "Big Red One" - the "Fighting First" - came to Fort Riley from Germany in 1955 and remained in Kansas until 1995. Today Fort Riley is known as home of America's Army.

Attractions near Fort Riley, Kansas

Dane G. Hansen Memorial Plaza and Museum
Dane G. Hansen Memorial Plaza and Museum

The Dane G. Hansen Memorial Plaza was conceived by the Trustees of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation as a means of memorializing ...

St. Mary's Catholic Church
St. Mary's Catholic Church

St. Mary's Catholic Church was built in 1917 using concrete blocks that were all hand made by the congregation. It's recently...

Carry Nation Marker

"The hatchet Lady" began her crusade against alcohol by smashing her first saloon with rocks & bricks on July 6, 1899 in Kiow...

Muddy Creek Bridge

The Muddy Creek Bridge is a reinforced concrete bridge which is listed on the National Register and is believed to hav...

Scripture Hill

Passengers on the northbound Santa Fe out of Arkansas City, Kansas, seeing for the first time the huge stone letters on the h...

Opera House
Opera House

Opened in 1903 and is still in use for community activities. The interior was recently painted, and the chandelier has been r...

Hoxie Golf Course

Hoxie has a challenging nine hole grass green golf course located at the west edge of Hoxie. The Hoxie Elks Lodge offers golf...

Marais des Cygnes Massacre Historic Site
Marais des Cygnes Massacre Historic Site

The historic site tells of the bloodiest episode in the "Bleeding Kansas" period. On May 19, 1858, 30 pro-slavery men crossed...

Coffey County Cemeteries

The Coffey County Museum features a large genealogy library with cemetery listings, obituaries, all county newspapers from 18...

Higley Cabin -
Higley Cabin - "Home on the Range"

In this cabin, in 1872, Dr. Brewster M. Higley, a homesteading doctor from Ohio, wrote the words for the song, "Home on the R...

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Upcoming Events near Fort Riley, Kansas

Labor Day Celebration

Start Date: Fri August, 26th
4 DAYS - Yard sales, softball tournaments, carnival, street dance, "cowboy polo", flea market, art and crafts, horseshoes, fo...

"Christmas Traditions" Trolley Tours

Start Date: Fri December, 16th
Ride the trolley around town to look at the beautiful Christmas lights, hear stories of local and national Christmas Traditio...

Julotta

Christmas Morning, December 25, 2015.
Bethany Lutheran Church, 6:00 a.m. (annual)
Evangelical Covenant Church, 6:00 a.m. (odd years only)

Celebrate Christmas Swedish-style with an early morning church service. Julotta in Swedish means Christmas morn, otta is the time which is slightly before dawn.
Julotta

Start Date: Fri December, 23rd
Julotta Christmas Morning, December 25, 2015. Bethany Lutheran Church, 6:00 a.m. (annual) Evangelical Covenant Church, 6...

Abilene's Victorian Inn Tea Party

Start Date: Fri December, 2nd
Come and enjoy a full tea or a light tea in a Victorian home. If you have questions please call Adrian....

Christmas on Main

Start Date: Fri December, 2nd
Christmas Parade and Special Event Celebration Downtown. ...

Christmas in Towanda Bazaar

Start Date: Fri December, 9th
Community Center. Come get your festivity on. ...

"Christmas Traditions" Trolley Tours

Start Date: Fri December, 9th
Ride the trolley around town to look at the beautiful Christmas lights, hear stories of local and national Christmas Traditio...

Starts at 11am by the Pylons
Veterans Day Ceremony - 2016

Start Date: Fri November, 11th
Starts at 11am by the Pylons...

Xi Alpha Upsilon Craft Show

Start Date: Fri November, 11th
In 1976 Xi Alpha Upsilon hosted their first craft fair. Held in mid-November, this fair is the perfect opportunity to purchas...

A Veteran's Day Salute

Start Date: Fri November, 11th
Annual Veteran's Day Soup Supper Sponsored by Tri-County Chamber of Commerce 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Ham and Bean Soup - C...

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