The Heart of Fort Scott

The Heart of Fort Scott (HMO8R)

Location: Fort Scott, KS 66701 Bourbon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 50.582', W 94° 42.283'

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"Fort Scott can boast of the handsomest Square in Kansas Territory."
Fort Scott Democrat, praising the town plaza, April 5, 1860

The grassy square in front of you silently witnessed events that defined Fort Scott and that reflected a growing nation. Built originally as the fort's parade ground, this square truly is the heart of Fort Scott.

When the army sold Fort Scott in 1855, the parade ground became a town park called Carroll Plaza. Through the years this ground hosted military pomp, music, laughter, civic pride, political strife, violence, and suffering - events and emotions symbolic of a young America.

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The basic, historic look of the parade ground is seen in this circa-1900 postcard view. Notice all four officers' quarters, and that the well canopy and powder magazine are gone. A bandstand occupies the site where the post flagpole once stood.


A military band practices on the plaza (far left) during the Civil War. In 1862 the Fort Scott Bulletin observed, "The Brass Bands of the 2nd Ohio Cavalry and 9th Wisconsin Infantry, daily discourse the best music, from Carroll Plaza. They are both good bands, and will be much missed when they leave us.


Through the years the plaza survived intact, even though the town grew to its edges (1960s photo, near left).
HM NumberHMO8R
Year Placed1998
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 1:53am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 350006 N 4189768
Decimal Degrees37.84303333, -94.70471667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 50.582', W 94° 42.283'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 50' 34.92" N, 94° 42' 16.98" W
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Area Code(s)620, 913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 Market, Fort Scott KS 66701, US
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