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Fort Scott

Kansas State Historical Marker
Bourbon County
Bourbon County
National Avenue across from Fort Scott National Historic Site
      This western outpost, named for General Winfield Scott, was established by U.S. Dragoons in 1842. The fort was located on the military road that marked the permanent Indian frontier stretching from Minnesota to Louisiana and stood midway between Fort Leavenworth and Fort Gibson. By 1853 the Indian frontier had moved west and troops were withdrawn. Two years later the buildings were sold at auction, and the city of Fort Scott grew up around them.