Fort Harker Museum Complex/ Kanopolis KS


The Fort Harker Museum is located in Kanopolis Ks.rnFirst Established as Fort Ellsworth in 1864 at the juncture of the Smokey Hill River and the Fort Riley/Fort Larned Road on the Smokey Hill Trail, the post was moved from its site by the river and renamed Fort Harker in 1866. The Fort was closed in 1873. rnThe Ellsworth County Historical society cares for and preserves three original fort buildings which are open to the public. rnThe Commanding Officers Quarters, the recently restored Jr. Officers Quarters and the Guard House.rnThe museum complex also houses the 1905 Kanopolis Union Pacific Depot.


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