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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


Fort Larned

Fort Larned was established in 1859 as a base of military operations against

Larned, KS Forts

Larned Country Club

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

Larned, KS Golf Courses

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

Historic House Auto Tour

Tour Larned with the Historic Houses Auto Tour, a 28 house tour with houses dating between 1880 and 1917 (15 prior to 1887). The houses are private residences, but are clearly visible.

Larned, KS Tours

Things to do near Larned, KS

Ashland Driving Tour

Tours of wildflowers, 314 homes built before 1920, ghost towns, hunting sites, nature, geological sights, trail rides and ear...