Scattered across the Post are pedestals and displays, which are part of the Historical Fort Leavenworth Wayside Tour. These pedestals play audio describing the history of that particular part of the post and an artist’s interpretation. Your tour begins at the Frontier Army Museum.
View the Wayside Tour Pamphlet.
The Buffalo Soldiers played a significant role in the settlement of the American West and especially in the history of Fort Leavenworth. The post is home to the Nation’s premier Buffalo Soldier Monument, which was dedicated on July 25, 1992 by General Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was the first African-American to serve in that capacity. In addition, the Circle of Firsts, located in the Buffalo Soldier Memorial Park, recognizes the significant ‘firsts’ in the history of African-American Soldiers and units in the US Army. Of note, the US Army’s 10th Cavalry Regiment was formed at Fort Leavenworth in 1866, one of several African-American regiments recruited that year. Your tour begins at the Buffalo Soldier Monument, located at the corner of Grant and Stimson avenues.
View the Buffalo Soldiers Pamphlet.
The Mormon Battalion is the only U.S. Army unit named for its religion, according to author Sherman Fleek. The Battalion was recruited by Captain James Allen from Fort Leavenworth in 1846 as directed by Pres. James K. Polk. The recruits began their 2000-mile march from Kanesville, Iowa Territory (now Council Bluffs) and were outfitted here. During their two-week stay (August 1-13, 1846) the unit prepared for one of the longest marches in US Army history and made significant contributions to the westward expansion of the United States. This tour offers insights about the Battalion’s stay at Fort Leavenworth. Your tour begins at the Frontier Army Museum.
View the Mormon Battalion Pamphlet.