Fort Leavenworth

Fort Leavenworth (HM16XJ)

Location: Leavenworth, KS 66027 Leavenworth County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 20.951', W 94° 54.879'

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Established in 1827, Fort Leavenworth is the oldest army post in continuous operation west of the Missouri River. Serving as the army's chief base of operations on the Central Plains, the fort furnished troops and supplies for military operations as far away as the Pacific Coast. Troops stationed at the fort were given the task of maintaining peace on the frontier and protecting trade on the newly established Santa Fe Trail. With the establishment of the Oregon-California Trail in the 1840s, travelers on that trail also received protection.

In 1834 the fort became headquarters for the U. S. Dragoons, the army's first permanent mounted regiment. With the onset of war with Mexico in 1846, the Army of the West organized at the fort for its epic journey to California and northern Mexico. When Kansas achieved territorial status in 1854, the first office of the territorial governor was at the fort. In 1881 General William T. Sherman established a school that evolved into the Command and General Staff College, the highest ranked school in the army educational system. One notable student, Major Dwight D. Eisenhower, graduated in 1926 with highest honors in his class.
Has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark

under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
This site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating and illustrating
the history of the United States
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
HM NumberHM16XJ
Series This marker is part of the Kansas: Kansas Historical Society series, and the National Historic Landmarks series.
Marker Number4(A)
Placed ByKansas State Historical Society & Kansas Department of Transportation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 7:10am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 335018 N 4357275
Decimal Degrees39.34918333, -94.91465000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 20.951', W 94° 54.879'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 20' 57.06" N, 94° 54' 52.74" W
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Area Code(s)913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 28-36 Reynolds Ave, Leavenworth KS 66027, US
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