FORT LARNED — The Fort Larned National Historic Site’s 2015 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 scheduled Saturday, Oct. 10 starting at 7:30 p.m. with tours leaving every 15 minutes after that, for a total of 12 tours.
Tours are limited to 20 people and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You can make your reservation starting Monday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 am, either in person at the Fort Larned Visitor center, or by calling 620-285-6911.
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. He won the Medal of Honor while stationed at Fort Larned for bravery in fighting off an Indian attack between Forts Larned and Dodge.
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 Kansas Highway 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. Learn more at www.nps.gov.