Fort Wallace
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 54.617 W 101° 34.966
14S E 276055 N 4309992
Historical marker located on the grounds of the Fort Wallace Museum near Wallace, Kansas
Waymark Code: WM20A4
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 08/13/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member silverquill
Views: 76

Fort Wallace

First called Camp Pond Creek, Fort Wallace was established in 1865. The fort served as the headquarters for troops given the task of protecting travelers headed west along the Smoky Hill Trail to the Denver gold fields.  Fort Wallace was the westernmost military outpost in Kansas, and from 1865 to 1878 served as one of the most active military posts in the Central Plains.  Troops often spent time in the field, and the fort was several times attacked by Plains Indians striving to defend their lands and protect their way of life.

The fort was located about two miles to the southeast of this marker.  Abandoned in 1882, nothing is now visible of the stone and wood buildings where once over 300 men were stationed

Just north of where the fort once stood, the old post cemetery still exists, enclosed by stone walls within the Wallace Township Cemetery.  IN 1867 U.S. soldiers erected a monument as a tribute to their comrades who had been killed in action and buried there.  Although the soldiers' remains were later moved to Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, the monument still stands in their honor. ~ text of marker

Marker Name: Fort Wallace

Marker Type: Other (Please identify in marker text)

Marker text:
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Marker Location: Wallace

Official Marker Number: 44

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Marker Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

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