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

Junction City Country Club Golf Course

This course is a Class A private Country Club with many reciprocal privileges. The 9 hole course has multiple tees for men & ...

Leatherock Hotel and Museums
Leatherock Hotel and Museums

The Leatherock Hotel is the only local hotel left among the 19 hotels built in Cherryvale's bygone era. This 1912 historic ho...

Independence Museum
Independence Museum

The Independence Historical Museum, owned and operated by the Ladies Library and Art Association, stands as one of the city's...

Old Jefferson Town, Museum, and Research Library
Old Jefferson Town, Museum, and Research Library

Old Jefferson Town is a collection of nine restored and furnished vintage buildings from different locations around Jefferson...

Bowlus Fine Arts Center
Bowlus Fine Arts Center

Attracting nationally-acclaimed performers to the area, the Bowlus Fine Arts Center also houses a fine arts education center....

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame

The KSHOF formerly housed in Abilene, Kansas is now located in Wichita, Kansas. The tour begins with a dynamic 3-screen video...

Historic Homes Tour
Historic Homes Tour

Discover Chanute's rich historical heritage. Explore tree-lined streets made of hand-laid brick and note the architectural a...

Herndon Ball Diamond
Herndon Ball Diamond

A tribute to the early citizens of Herndon is still standing today in the Herndon City Park. The Herndon Ball Diamond is a re...

Railroad Museum

Bucklin was founded as a railroad town by a civil engineer with the Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska Railroad named Bucklin. It has...

The Land Institute
The Land Institute

The Land Institute, founded in 1976, is a non-profit, educational research orgaization that works to develop safer methods of...

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Upcoming Events near Fort Riley, Kansas

Features old tractors, steam and gas engines, along with a parade and other activities for the enthusiasts. Tractor Pull, Threshing, Hay Baling, Saw Milling, Shingle Making, Buzz Sawing, Antique Auction, Arts & Crafts Show. 9am-5pm.
K&O Steam and Gas Engine Show

Start Date: Fri August, 12th
Features old tractors, steam and gas engines, along with a parade and other activities for the enthusiasts. Tractor Pull, Thr...

Eureka Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo

Start Date: Fri August, 12th
A Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is coming to Eureka, KS!! You will get to watch top cowboys and cowgirls competing f...

Flint Hills Beef Fest

Start Date: Fri August, 19th
Celebrate the cattle industry with BBQ contest, rodeo, steak dinner, and nationally known entertainment....

When Pigs Fly BBQ/Fly-in

Start Date: Fri August, 19th
KC Sanctioned BBQ contest, music, powered parachute, plane rides, simulator rides, pony rides, tractor pull, great food, and ...

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. ...

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