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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.


On July 6-9, 2017, the Fort Wallace Museum will host historians and reenactors who will reflect upon and interpret this incredible history. Through living history demonstrations with dozens of costumed actors and presentations by scholars in various subjects, the public will get an unforgettable glimpse into the past.
July 6 -- Western Vistas Historic Byway Bus Tour
Tour will start at the Buffalo Bill Center  on the west edge of   Oakley Kansas and head to Scott City, Kansas.   8 AM - 5PM Central Time
$50 per person (includes box lunch).  Limited seating of 55 people.   Preregistration available by calling Museum.
State  Geologist Rolfe Mandel will join us as we visit historic sites and amazing landscapes.

Imagine an ancient ocean once covering the short grass prairie. When the water receded and erosion set in, the ocean floor's limestone layers became not only flat plains but oddly placed and shaped buttes, mounts and other chalk formations. Here, in western Kansas, is the Wild, Wild West of legend, where American Indians hunted bison, pioneers trekked and rustlers roamed - all attempting to eke out a living.


Registration by phone or e-mail or
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Fort Wallace Museum
2655 Highway 40
Wallace, KS 67761
(785) 891-3564

July 7 -- History Symposium
Fort Wallace Museum, 8-5 Mountain Time
$50 per person (includes lunch)
Historians and authors highlight the events that put 1867 in the history books.

Symposium Scholars: John Monnett (The Year 1867), Chris Gabel (Railroads), Rod Beemer (Army Scouts),
 Mike Everhart (Plesiosaur Discovery), Leo Oliva (Hancock's Expedition),  Mike Baughn (Fort Wallace Battle),
 Dennis K. Clark (Custer at Ft Wallace)
Registration by phone or email or
Download Registration
Fort Wallace Museum
2655 Highway 40
Wallace, KS 67761
(785) 891-3564

July 8 -- Re-enactors’ Encampment
Fort Wallace Museum 9-5 Mountain Time

No admission
Food Vendors on Site

From the first peoples to the buffalo hunters, cowboys and railroaders, our living time line with dozens of re-enactors showcases the story of our rich past.

No alcohol or dogs or coolers or smoking

July 8 - -  Unveiling the sculpture of William Averill Comstock also known as the "Ace of Scouts" By Jerry Thomas  at the Fort Wallace museum at 9 a. m. (MDT) 10 a. m. (CDT),  followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of the new Milford Becker addition of the Fort Wallace Museum.

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Milford Becker additionJerry Thomas's William Comstock sculpture

July 8 -- Michael Martin Murphey in concert
Fort Wallace Museum Grounds, 7 p.m. Mountain Time
$25 per person, presale tickets limited to 325 seats
Award-winning recording artist Michael Martin Murphey is a friend to ranching and western history and will highlight our celebration.  See link below.

No alcohol or dogs or coolers or smoking
Tickets by phone
Fort Wallace Museum
2655 Highway 40
Wallace, KS 67761
(785) 891-3564

July 9 -- Memorial Service
Fort Wallace Cemetery, 10 a.m. Mountain Time, No admission fee

Horse-drawn procession to the cemetery from Museum grounds will honor those who served at Fort Wallace and throughout the West.

July 9 -- Car Caravan Tour of Land and Sky Scenic Byway
1 p.m. Mountain Time, no charge
Tour the newest of our Scenic Byways which showcases some amazing scenery and history!
Tour starts at Museum grounds


Travelers along the Land and Sky Scenic Byway have the opportunity to experience the Wallace Branch of the Great Western Cattle Trail, scale the highest point in Kansas at Mount Sunflower and explore the deep canyons and rugged landscape of the Arikaree Breaks.

Places to stay in Sharon Springs which is 8 miles west of the Museum in Wallace;  Oak Tree Inn, Heyl Traveler Motel, Tumble Weed Motel and Mount Sunflower Bed and Breakfast.  In Sharon Springs, Dinkel  RV parking with hook ups.   RV parking at Fort Wallace rodeo grounds with no hook ups.

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1867 Exposition 1866 Golden Boy 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
museum @ftwallace.com
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Fort Wallace Memorial Association  is  501(c)3 organization set up to run the Fort Wallace Museum.   Please contact the Museum about making a donation.
Fort Wallace Memorial will take donation through Pay Pal.
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*