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Welcome to the Frontier
Welcome to the Frontier
Explore Kansas' rich frontier and Native American history.

Relive Western Frontier and Native American History

Pawnee DancerEnjoy Kansas' rich history when you explore frontier forts and centuries-old Native American sites across the state.

Fort Hays State Historic Site, Hays, was built in 1867 to protect construction workers who were building the Union Pacific Railroad. Try on military uniforms in the guardhouse, examine the mysterious architecture of the blockhouse or walk in the footsteps of officers and their families in the officers' quarters.

Immerse yourself in one of the best preserved forts from the Indian Wars period at Fort Larned National Historic Site, Larned. Start your tour and enjoy a brief video presentation in the Visitor Center, then set out to explore the nine restored buildings of the fort. Finish your visit by spotting birds and other wildlife along the half-mile nature trail.

The only facility of its kind in Kansas, Wichita's Mid-America All-Indian Center & Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich cultural history and heritage of American Indians in North America. Exhibits tell the story from the native perspective and feature traditional artifacts, including full-size tipis.

Near Republic, Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site is a museum built around the excavated floor of a large Pawnee earth lodge. Stand in peaceful contemplation as you tour exhibits that tell the Pawnee story. Ponder what might be inside the sacred bundle that hovers above the floor.

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