May/Jun 2000

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Stop for history on byway

These and other sites are included in the Frontier Military Scenic Byway brochure available through the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, (316) 223-3566.

North byway

Fort Leavenworth was founded in 1827 along the bluffs of the Missouri River. The Buffalo Soldier Monument pays tribute to the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments, which were comprised of black soldiers. Santa Fe and Oregon Trail wagon cuts are still visible. The Fort Leavenworth Frontier Army Museum depicts a century of the Frontier Army and Fort Leavenworth from 1817, and the fort is home to one of the first national cemeteries.

A self-guided tour map is available at the Information Center inside the gate entrance to Fort Leavenworth. For hours and more information, call (913) 684-3191.

Greater Kansas City

In Lenexa, the Legler Barn Museum Complex features an 1860s limestone barn that is thought to have been a refuge to the Quantrill Gang and Jesse James during their pro-slavery raids into Kansas. The museum is at 14907 W. 87th Street Parkway. Call (913) 492-0038.

Mid-byway

A decisive battle against Confederate troops took place at the Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site. The visitor’s center, located 1/2 mile off Highway 69, interprets the site and battle with artifacts, photographs and storyboards overlooking the battlefield. The site is off state Route 52, two miles south and one mile west of Pleasanton. Call (913) 352-8890.

Fort Scott National Historic Site is comprised of 20 structures, which have been restored or reconstructed. Fort Scott National Cemetery is one of 12 national cemeteries designated by President Lincoln in 1862. The site is on Old Fort Boulevard in Fort Scott. Call (316) 223-0310.

– Sally M. Snell



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