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

Norman No. 1 Oil Well Museum
Norman No. 1 Oil Well Museum

November 28, 1892, the Norman No. 1 oil well became the first and largest commercial oil well west of the Mississippi and it ...

Radical United Brethren Church
Radical United Brethren Church

In 1889, the General Conference of the United Brethern Church voted to allow church members to belong to secret orders, which...

Olive Ann Beach

Olive Ann Beach, co-founder of the Beech Aircraft Corporation, was born and raised on a farm south of Waverly. After high ...

First City Museum
First City Museum

The museum houses collections of early frontier memorabilia and artifacts including buggies and cutters manufactured in Leave...

Buffalo Soldier Monument
Buffalo Soldier Monument

The Buffalo Soldier Monument, the brainchild of General Colin Powell, is a recent addition to Fort Leavenworth's historic lan...

Whistle Stop Park
Whistle Stop Park

The newest city park, Whistle Stop Park, runs parallel to the railroad tracks of Elkhart and covers 23.5 acres. Located a...

Downtown Historical Walking Tour
Downtown Historical Walking Tour

The famous and infamous walked the streets of Old Hays City during the 1860's to 1880's including Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo B...

Horace Greeley Museum
Horace Greeley Museum

In 1975 the newly organized Greeley County Historical Society met with the commissioners and asked for the old courthouse to ...

Souders Historical Farm Museum
Souders Historical Farm Museum

This is a private, historical museum located on the Souders farm one half mile west of Cheney. The Souders Historical Museum ...

Russell Stover Factory Outlet
Russell Stover Factory Outlet

10,000-square-foot factory outlet store, has a video that plays all the time, to show you how the candy is made. Can...

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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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