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Larned, Kansas

Larned, Kansas

In June 1869, Henry Booth, the principal founder of Pawnee County and the city of Larned, arrived at Fort Larned as the newly licensed post trader. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed postmaster. In January 1872, members of the Fort Larned Town Company met in Booth's Fort Larned home to select a site for their proposed town; and in April 1872, Booth moved the sutler's mess house from the post down the south bank of the Pawnee River and floated it across the swollen stream to a location now occupied by Schnack Lowery Park. The little structure was the first building in the fledgling town of Larned serving as post office, residence, saloon, dance hall, and school. In 1874, the building was moved to 5th and Main Streets to be used as a carpenter's shop. Later, it housed a newspaper office, the U.S. Land Office, and blacksmith shop.

Located midway along the historic Santa Fe Trail, Larned is fast becoming a mecca for tourists and history buffs alike. Drawn by programs and activities at Fort Larned National historic Site, and the excellent displays at the nearby museum, visitors from across the world find lots to see and do in Larned.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Auto Tour of Sites in the Legacy of Henry Booth

Take this Self-Guided Auto Tour of the Historic Sites associated with Henry Booth, the principal founder of Pawnee County and the City of Larned. There are 10

Larned, KS Tours

Self Guided Auto Tour of the Santa Fe Trail

An itinerary of 73 markers placed on the five separate routes of the Santa Fe Trail in present day Pawnee, Edwards, and Ford Counties, Kansas by the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association. Those routs are:

Larned, KS Tours

Larned Country Club

Come and enjoy the challenge of Larned's nine-hole public golf course.

Larned, KS Golf Courses


Sibley's Camp

As one of the last acts of his presidency, James Monroe signed a bill on March 3, 1825 which provided $10,000 for surveying the road and $20,000 to treat with Indians for right-of-way. On March 16, Monroe'

Larned, KS Pioneer History

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