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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

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

The Central States Scout Museum

Welcome to the most extensive exhibit and collection of scouting memorabilia you will probably ever set foot in. Old scouting enthusiasts will find this museum is the premier scout museum in the United States. Complete with several letters, photos and original drawings from scoutings\' founders (

Larned, KS Museums

Schnack Park

While you're visiting Larned, visit Schnack Park. Take in the fresh air amid the greenery of the Park. A spacious swimming pool is also available to take away summer's heat. Pack a lunch, view the fountain and relax in our picnic area. Ride the "Schnack Express"

Larned, KS Recreation


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

Things to do near Larned, KS

Fort Dodge Cemetery

Both civilians and soldiers were buried in the military cemetery. The saying then was "the rich are buried at the Fort and th...