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Welcome To Fort Wallace Museum

Home of the "Fightin'est Fort in the West"

Fort Wallace museum is in the final phase in completing the Milford Becker Addition.  
The museum will be closed to the public until May 26. The museum will be open on May 27.
 The Fort Wallace Memorial Association invites the public to come see the new exhibits and enjoy the Fort Wallace Rodeo.    Rodeo events May 27 and 28


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The Fort Wallace Museum is hard at work, finishing the exhibits in the new Milford Becker Addition! Join us as we hold a Grand Opening to the public as part of the 1867 Exposition on

Sat. July 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM!



Also at 9:00 AM - the unveiling of a life-sized bronze statue of Fort Wallace scout William Comstock created by award-winning Kansas artist Jerry Thomas! Excitement is building for this major artwork coming to Wallace County!

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 Great Fort Wallace and Western Kansas

1867 Exposition

Thurs.-Sun. July 6-9, 2017


The year 1867 was pivotal in Kansas history and that of the American West. A third of Kansas Counties were established that year, along with dozens of towns. With increasing white settlement, conflicts with the American Indians living on the plains escalated into all-out warfare. So many events occurred that year in Western Kansas—the Hancock Expedition, the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty, the Kidder Massacre, the Battle at Fort Wallace, and the advent of the railroad—all would change the landscape of our state.

 In July 2017, at Fort Wallace Museum will host historians and reenactors who will reflect upon and interpret this incredible history.  Through living history demonstrations with dozen of costume actors and presentations by scholars in various subjects, the public will get an unforgettable glimpse into the past.

July 3 --the story of the Kidder Massacre will be reexamine and retold at 2 PM MDT at the High  Plains Museum in Goodland Kansas.  Speaking will be local historian Doug Whitson.  At 4 PM MDT, program at the actual site.  There re-enactors will recreate Kidder's ride from old Fort Sedgwick.
July 6 Guided Bus Tour of the Western Vistas Historic Byway with stops in Oakley, Russell Springs, Historic Scott Lake, and the El Quartelejo Museum/Jerry Thomas Gallery in Scott City. 

July 7 — Symposium Scholars include: John Monnett (The Year 1867), Chris Gabel (Railroads), Rod Beemer (Army Scouts), Mike Everhart (Kansas fossils), Leo Oliva (Fort Wallace Battle), and Mike Baughn (Indian Wars.) Sponsor/Volunteer Dinner that evening. 

July 8Re-enactor’s Encampment: From the American Indian, to trappers and buffalo hunters, to soldiers and settlers, the transformation of the West will take place before your eyes. At 9 AM MDST, the unveiling of a major new Western artwork  by Jerry  Thomas.   The grand opening of the Museum new addition will be following the unveiling. 


 July 8Michael Martin Murphey in concert  - a great American artist who is also a champion of Western history and lifestyle.

July 9Memorial Service at the Fort Wallace Cemetery.
            Car caravan tour of Land & Sky Scenic Byway: Kidder Massacre site, Arickaree Breaks.

 Authentic Crafts, Meals on Site,

Historical Experiences!

From the diary of  COL. L. H. Eicholtz

Two weeks at Fort Wallace in 1867


June 24, 1867. Camp 18. reached Fort Wallace at 10:30 this A. M. This a pleasant 3-company Post.  Five stone buildings are being erected. General Custer's command got in here tonight from the Platte for supplies.  Lieut. Hale of the 37th Inf. is in command here.   An attempt made by the Indians this morning to drive off our stock.

June 25th, Camp 18 Still here as Indians are lurking around.  Met Col. Greenwood (Chief Engineer of the Railroad) end of which is at Ellsworth, Kans, 200 miles East of Wallace.

June 26,th   This morning was alarmed by the cry of Indians whilst at Breakfast.  They were seen riding rapidly to the North of the Post having driven off the stage stock from Pond Creek Station three miles to the West.  Our Cavalry escort, with a few men from the Fort, under command our Capt. Barnitz, turned out and overtook them in about three miles, where the Indians to the number 200 turned and charged them.  Our loss out of 45 men was three killed, two mortally wounded, five injured and two missing two of the men were picked up on the field, scalped, one with his throat cut and heart cut out, hacked up terribly.  The three killed were brought into Camp and at sunset buried with Honors of War.

June 27th   Capt. Barnitz went to battle field again this AM and picked up another man scalped and stripped naked, one of the men wounded through the body with an arrow died this AM. Our Dr. Bell attending in the Fort Hospital.

June 28th The two additional bodies were buried with the Honors of War.  Total loss, six killed, six wounded, two missing and five horses captured by the enemy.  All casualties photographed by Dr. Bell.

June 29th Went to Pond Creek and two miles beyond and returned. Saw no Indians.

June 30th  Was on duty at Fort Wallace as Officer of the Day.  Regular officers being out scouting for Indians.  Had two scares during the night by guards firing at imaginary enemies.  All hands called to arms both times.

July 1 A large Bull train arrived from the East at Ft. Wallace.

July 2 Unpacked the survey instruments and started breaking in the men. Ran and staked a mile in 55 minutes.

July 3 At Fort Wallace.  Acting as Officer of the Day again. Stage from Denver arrived with two men wounded by Indians West of Pond Creek.

July 4 Quiet day in Camp 18 at Fort Wallace.

July 5 Gen. Hancock arrived but could not furnish us a large escort.

July 6  Camp 18 Ran a trial line 8 miles West of Rose Creek. and returned to Ft. Wallace.

July 7  At Fort Wallace.  Preparing to start for the Arkansas River at Ft. Lyon in A. M. Col. Greenwood and party will go with us as escort.

July 8 Camp 19. Struck tents this  A. M. at Ft. Wallace at 4 A. M. with military escort of 40 men and a total of 200 men in the party.

(reached the Colorado line about noon July 9)

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Leonard Eicholtz diaries, 1838-1910, Collection Number 00238, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

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1886 Rifle Murphey
1867 Exposition 1866 Yellowboy Raffle Michael Martin Murphey concertJerry Thomas William Comstock sculpture

Exploring the Museums of Northwest Kansas

wagonexplore logopassportThe Fort Wallace Museum is the perfect place for your family to explore! The Museum will be opening its brand-new exhibit space in the Milford Becker Addition, where you can experience Fort Wallace and the Old West in a new, exciting way! Take a seat in the reproduction BOD Stagecoach, see the facades of buildings from Wallace County History and crane your neck to see a 40-foot plesiosaur fossil found in 1867! Located just east of the town of Wallace on Highway 40! 
 Come Check out the History Event July 6-9, 2017


Fort Wallace Museum
2655 Highway 40
Wallace, KS 67761
(785) 891-3564

Fort Wallace Memorial Association  is  501(c)3 organization set up to run the Fort Wallace Museum.
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Free admission with a suggested donation of $5 per person.
Winter hours  [Nov.- March] 9 am-4 pm Monday-Saturday  and 1 pm-4pm Sunday
Summer hours  [April - Oct.] 9am-5 pm Monday-Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday
*Note: All times Mountain Time*