• Santa Fe Trail Center—Two miles west of Larned on KS 156.
• Fort Larned NHS—Six miles west of Larned on KS 156.
• Larned Community Center—From 4-way stop sign at US 56/KS 156 junction go one block east on US 56 and one block north on Toles Street (located behind the former National Guard Armory, now Heartland Irrigation).
• Facundo Melgares Monument—From 4-way stop sign at US 56/KS 156 junction go south on Broadway, continuing on US 56 4 miles southwest of Larned. The marker sets back on the south side of the road across the railroad tracks. Parking will be limited. Please carpool.
• Coronado Quivira Museum—Destination of bus tour- 105 W. Lyon, Lyons, approximately 54 miles NW of Larned of US Hwy 56. (620-257-3941)
Bus Tour Description
Buses will depart from the Larned Community Center parking lot at 1:15 p.m. A stop will be made at the Chavez Historical Marker commemorating the murder of Jose Antonio Chavez. A memorial ceremony will be held at the marker. Anthony “Tony” Juarez. a descendent of Chavez, will introduce his program at the site. The busses will continue on to the Coronado Quivira Museum in Lyons, KS where Juarez will conclude his program about Chavez’s murder on the Santa Fe Trail in 1843. Time will also be available for touring the museum where visitors can learn about the Quiviran Indian Culture and Francisco Vasquez de Coronado’s 1540 journey. Busses will depart the museum at 5 p.m., returning to the Larned Community Center parking lot at approximately 6 p.m.
Fort Larned Activities
After listening to the afternoon speakers spend the rest of Saturday touring the Fort. See history come alive through a wide variery of special living history programs. Explore the buildings while listening to living history interpreters tell about life in these historic structures. Visit the hard working blacksmith, view soldiers in the barracks and even explore the post prison with its underground well.
Santa Fe Trail Center
Framed antique prints of wagon trains and Santa Fe will be on display. The colored and black & white images of various sizes are from the Harry C. Myers Collection.
The Santa Fe Trail Center was established in 1974 as a regional museum/archives dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the geographical area once known as the Santa Fe Trail. The Trail Center was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (formerly American Association of Museums in 1977 and designated by the National Park Service in 1991 as a certified site on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. In 2001 the Trail Center was designated the “Official Santa Fe Trail History Museum in Kansas” by the Kansas Legislature.
The Santa Fe Trail Center is owned and operated by the Fort Larned Historical Society. Inc. The Historical Society is a non-profit organization incorporated under Kansas Law and is recognized as a tax-exempt organization.
For information concerning Society membership, the Santa Fe Trail Center museum. or Rendezvous 2014, contact the Director, Santa Fe Trail Center, 1349 K-156 Highway, Larned. KS 67550 (Telephone 620-285-2054).
• Fort Larned (1859-1878) served as a principal guardian of Santa Fe Trail commerce. George Custer, Kit Carson, William Cody, Black Kettle, Satanta and Yellow Bear were but a few of the legendary people to walk on the parade ground.
In 1964 Fort Larned became a National Historic Site and a unit of the National Park System.
Nine original stone structures, meticulously restored, complemented by the reconstructed blockhouse and flag pole, provide park visitors with a chance to experience the 1860’s at one of the best preserved frontier army posts in the country. A visitor center contains both a museum and bookstore. Fort Larned National Historic Site is located on Kansas Highway 156 four miles west of the Santa Fe Trail Center or six miles west of Larned. For more information, contact the Superintendent, Fort Larned NHS, 1767 K-1 56 Hwy, Larned, KS 67550
• The Santa Fe Trail Association is a non-profit organization established in 1986. Its purpose is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for this historic highway. Members of the Association receive the quarterly newsletter, WAGON TRACKS. In addition to co-sponsoring the Rendezvous, the Association sponsors a biennial symposium which is held in September of odd numbered years. Lectures, panel discussions, field trips, social gatherings and a membership meeting make up the symposium.
For membership information, contact the Santa Fe Trail Association. 1349 K-156 Hwy, Larned, KS 67550 (Telephone 620-285-2054).
• The Kansas Humnatities Council is a group of Kansas citizens working in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Kansas Humanities Council awards grants on a matching basis to support programs which increase public understanding and awareness of the humanities and which promote thoughtful discussion of public policy issues and other topics of general concern.
For information concerning the Kansas Humanities Council, contact Julie Mulvihill, Executive Director, Kansas Humanities Council, 112 West 6th Street, Suite 509, Topeka, KS 66603 (Telephone 785-357-0359).