Fort Hays State Historic Site, Hays

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Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant John Denny served at Fort Hays from January 1882 to December 1884. He and other African American “Buffalo Soldiers” are part of the rich Fort Hays history that includes names like Generals George A. Custer, Nelson Miles, and Philip Sheridan; Major Marcus Reno; William “Buffalo Bill” Cody; and James B. “Wild Bill” Hickok. Established in 1865 in the land of the Cheyenne and Arapaho, the fort protected railroad workers and travelers on the Smoky Hill Trail. See the soldiers’ clothing, weapons, and personal items, including George Custer’s dumbbell forged by the fort’s blacksmith. Learn more about the soldiers and the people they were protecting when you visit Fort Hays.

Admission:

Adults: $5

Students: $1

Children 5 & Under and Members of "Friends of the Fort": FREE
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  • August 9, 2017
    The museum is very nice and does a great job at bringing to life what it was like in Kansas during the great Western expansion. The fort buildings are well persevered and Leroy was a fantastic guide.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    I have gone to Fort hays Historic Site since I was a little girl. They are always adding new items and changing things to keep it interesting. The block house, guard house and officers' quarters are r...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    The Fort is interesting because it is unique. The buffalo statue and silhouettes of soldiers and citizens who lived in the fort over the years add to the understanding. I particularly enjoyed hearing ...  more »
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  • April 18, 2017
    Great school to attend when you are working full time. Online classes are great, and the labs they have built for IT help you learn a lot.
  • February 20, 2017
    I am currently an on campus senior majoring in psychology. The atmosphere here is intimate, you know all of the professors in your department. Tenured professors, experts in their fields, actually teach your courses and appreciate dedicated scholarship. I transferred here and have found the campus welcoming, and friendly. The outer community is somewhat homogenous and lacks diversity but on campus you can develop culturally diverse friendships and experiences. Study abroad agreements let students travel to both China and Germany for the same cost of attending FHSU. This school is a diamond in the rough!
  • April 7, 2017
    classmates and teachers are really friendly. I enjoyed the Exchange year in Fort Hays State university!
  • February 19, 2017
    The University is very good for the price. However, text books and several classes always discuss oppression of Africans in one way or another. Ok already! All of America and the rest of the world has been taught several times over that blacks are innocent and downtrodden and white people are evil. Can we move on! Please!
  • December 12, 2016
    Love this college. Completely affordable and you get a great education. I went to K-State and FHSU and I learned so much more from FHSU. Check this place out!

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