Originally an outpost on the old frontier, Fort Riley is home to one of the oldest continuously operating military bases west of the Mississippi. History and heroes abound in its storied past. Names such as General George Patton are prominent among the former notable residents of today’s famous home of the United States Army’s First Infantry Division - The Big Red One. Established in 1853, Fort Riley is named for Major General Bennett C. Riley. Along the nearby Santa Fe Trail, Fort Riley offered protection in the 19th century to the many travelers, immigrants and settlers. The main post sports a grand array of majestic structures built of native limestone. The U.S. Cavalry and 1st Infantry Division Museums give you an in-depth and insightful look at military life and progress over the years. Salute the men and women who serve our country and make plans to visit historic Fort Riley.