Great War Memorial - erected in 1918
Construction of Fort Riley, near Junction City,
Kansas, began in 1853, and its heritage includes George Armstrong Custer
and Buffalo Soldiers in the 19th century as well in providing soldiers
that have served the united States in every major conflict of the 20th
and 21st Centuries. Fort Riley is an active US military base, and recently
grew - after many years in Europe the Big Red One returned to Fort Riley.
But Fort Riley has a lot to offer visitors: museums, historic
buildings, historical markers, statues and monuments. All in a setting
that will sometimes remind you of a campus and at other times of a park.
There are even a couple of opportunities for visitor shopping: a gift shop
in the U.S. Cavalry Museum Post and a thrift shop in Building 267 on Stuart
Avenue, next to the stables,
When visitors arrive at the entrance to Fort Riley, it
typically takes about 5 minutes to get a visitor's pass. The army requires
photo ID, car registration and proof of insurance. They will inform you
of any restrictions to where you may go on the Fort. Only US residents
are permitted to tour Fort Riley.
Old Trooper Monument modeled after the drawing “Old Bill” by Fredric
Grave of Chief - the US Army's last Cavalry Horse
Foaled 1932, entered military service 1940-49, died 1968
In front of Old Trooper Monument
There are two museum buildings housing three museums (U.
S. Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley Regimental & Constabulary Museum), and
the "Custer" House Museum just a couple of hundred feet away. I put Custer
in quotes, because when they picked that house to restore, they got the
wrong one. Custer actually lived a few doors down the row.
There have been stories that the "Custer" House is haunted.
During the period that the house was believed to have been the one where
General Custer had lived, there were reports that the house was haunted
by the General. More recently there were sinister stories of a haunted
teddy near and rocking horse, but the toys have been moved to the Kansas
Museum of History and the incidents have stopped.
U. S. Cavalry Museum and vehicle display - originally constructed in
1855 for use as a hospital.
1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment (Rough Riders)
M5 Horse Gas Mask from World War 2
New Admission requirements
Visitors to Fort Riley 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 the driver and all passengers have adequate
identification. Following a routine background check, visitors will receive
a Temporary Pass and instructions allowing them to enter the installation.
If you know the exact date of your visit in advance, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
to get a temporary pass or badge early by stopping by the Visitor Control
Center or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Vehicles entering Fort Riley may be subject to a random
vehicle search upon entering.
Non US residents many not be permitted on the fort and
should call (785) 239-2982 in advance.
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