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Established in 1827, Fort Leavenworth at Leavenworth,
Kansas is the oldest active Army post west of the Mississippi. Although
known for its role in the expansion of the American frontier and as the
only US military maximum security prison, Fort Leavenworth's most important
role began in 1881 when Gen. William T. Sherman established the School
of Application for Cavalry and Infantry. That school evolved into the U.S.
Army Command and General Staff College and has graduated officers such
as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley and George S. Patton.
Fort Leavenworth has a number of things to offer civilian
visitors: a national cemetery, museum, monuments and many interesting 19th
century buildings. The Frontier Army
Museum at Fort Leavenworth explains the Fort's role in the exploration
and expansion of the western United States, as well as the staff college.
But when the museum is closed, you can still print this Fort
Leavenworth driving tour map and tour the fort at other times.
The tour stops at about 16 locations where you will find a display with
a recorded message.
A separate Mormon
Battalion driving tour is available. The Mormon Battalion is believed
to be the only U.S. Army unit named for its religion and was recruited
around present day Council Bluffs, Iowa by Captain James Allen from Fort
Leavenworth in 1846. This tour provides insight about the Battalion's stay
at Fort Leavenworth.
New Admission requirements
Visitors to Fort Leavenworth who do not have a Department
of Defense issued ID card must stop by the Visitor Control Center where
reception clerks will verify that the vehicle driver has a valid license,
registration and proof of insurance and that all passengers sufficient
ID. Following a routine background check, visitors will receive a Temporary
Pass and instructions allowing them to enter the installation. This may
sound like a obstacle, but Fort Leavenworth does encourage visitors to
this historic post. You are welcome here!
Effective January 9, 2017, only driver's licenses from
the following states will be sufficient on their own: Alabama, Arizona,
Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana,
Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, S. Dakota,
Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Residents of other states or territories
must provide such documents as passport, voter's registration card, social
security card, birth certificate, etc. Call (913) 684-3600 with questions
Non US residents many not be permitted on the fort and
should call (913) 684-3600 in advance.
Frontier Army Museum
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Memorial Chapel is one of three chapels on Fort Leavenworth. It is
for Lutheran and Episcopal services.
Missouri River from the bluff at Fort Leavenworth
United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) - established in 1875
The oldest penal institution in continuous operation in the federal
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery is one of the first
12 national cemeteries established by Abraham Lincoln on July 17, 1862.
Burials began in the 1840s. There are over 30,500 graves of veterans
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
General Edward Hatch (1832-1889)
Thomas Ward Custer - double Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
Died with his brother George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little
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