FORT LARNED — Fort Larned’s Annual Candlelight Tour will take place Saturday.
Fort Larned National Historic Site 2015 Candlelight Tour Presents “Bravery on the Frontier”
Indians never attacked Fort Larned, although a Kiowa raid in 1864 made off with most of the post’s horses and mules, and there was never a major battle nearby. Still, serving at this frontier military post could still be dangerous duty.
Often traveling between posts opened soldiers up to attack, like the one experienced by Corporal Leander Herron of the 3rd U.S. Infantry who was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in fighting off an Indian attack between Forts Larned and Dodge.
This year Fort Larned’s Candlelight Tour will tell the story of the dangers of serving on the plains of Kansas in the 1860s and how the Army handled the U.S. mail on the frontier.
The Candlelight Tour is on Saturday, Oct. 10 starting at 7:30 p.m. with tours leaving every 15 minutes after that, for a total of 12 tours.
The tours are limited to 20 people and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Reservation started Sept. 28. For information, visit the Fort Larned Visitor center, or call 620-285-6911.
It’s so much fun — volunteers are wanted to fill in for some scenes. For information, call 620-285-6911.
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you - both in personal connections and memorable experiences.
Fort Larned National Historic Site is six miles west of Larned on K-156. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911. There is no admission fee.