Fort Hays State Historic Site is the location of an important fort on the Kansas frontier. Many well-known officers of the day were stationed at the post. The famous figures include Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody, General Nelson Miles, General Philip Sheridan, and Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Fort Hays also was the home of several well-known Indian wars regiments such as the Seventh U.S. Cavalry, the Fifth U.S. Infantry, and the Tenth U.S. Cavalry, whose black troopers were better known as buffalo soldiers. Today four historic buildings survive: the blockhouse (completed as the post headquarters in 1868), guardhouse, and two officers' quarters. While touring the extant buildings visitors may see the partially furnished blockhouse, three solitary cells and other related exhibits in the guardhouse, and one of the officers' quarters which houses furnishings from the 1800s. A modern visitor's center, through displays and artifacts from the fort, helps interpret the significance of Fort Hays to the forty thousand visitors that the site draws each year. Exhibits include historic toys, household furnishings, weapons and archeological material. Walk the grounds to find twenty one interpretive signs which provide an overview of the fort and its history. The fort offers guided tours, special events, and various programming on historic topics.

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