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The Parade Ground At Fort Larned, Kansas

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Fort Larned was established in 1859 on the banks of the Pawnee Fork of the Arkansas River five miles west of Larned, Kansas. Its mission was to protect traders and travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. By 1878, most of the Indian Tribes of the area had been forced to retire to reservations and railroads were established in the area that spelled the end of the Santa Fe Trail. Fort Larned was decommissioned in 1878 and passed into the history books. However, many of the sandstone buildings remain and have been preserved as a National Historic Site.
The commanding officers home is directly behind the flagpole flanked on either side by duplexes for married officers. The end of the enlisted men's barracks shows on the right side of the parade ground.

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mackabroin

I should have reasoned that out for myself rettch....(duh!!)
I suppose we do have this kind of a place....but mostly we just have sort of auditorium/gym type buildings....as far as around here (vancouver)....I don't know of any place where the military stay..as in barracks??

Rettch

Robin: I assume all military bases have a parade ground. Fort Larned was a cavalry post and I am sure they needed ample room to assemble and maneuver with horses.

mackabroin

neat rettch.....why did they make so much grassy area.....were there not so man soldiers then.....??

Rettch

The old Santa Fe Trail stretched from Westport Landing (now Kansas City) on the Missouri River to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It passed about 25 miles south of where I grew up.

jan42ful

What a fascinating history this place has, thanks Rettch. hugs my friend.