Fort Wallace

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Fort Wallace
near Wallace, Kansas
Fort Wallace is located in Kansas
Fort Wallace
Fort Wallace
Fort Wallace is located in the US
Fort Wallace
Fort Wallace
Coordinates 38°54′18″N 101°33′34″W / 38.90500°N 101.55944°W / 38.90500; -101.55944Coordinates: 38°54′18″N 101°33′34″W / 38.90500°N 101.55944°W / 38.90500; -101.55944
Type Military base
Site information
Controlled by United States
Condition Dismantled
Site history
Built 1865
Built by U.S. Army
In use 1865-1882
Demolished 1886
Garrison information
Garrison 2nd Cavalry Regiment
5th Infantry Regiment
6th Infantry Regiment
7th Cavalry Regiment
Occupants George Custer
George Forsyth

Fort Wallace (ca. 1865–1882) was a US Cavalry fort built in Wallace County, Kansas to help defend settlers against Cheyenne and Sioux raids. All that remains today is the cemetery, but for a period of over a decade Fort Wallace was one of the most important military outposts on the frontier.

Fort Wallace Museum[edit]

Officers at Fort Wallace in 1867, including Theophilus H. Turner, who discovered Elasmosaurus in the area the same year, second from the left

Today, Fort Wallace is represented by a small state-operated museum nearby in the town of Wallace, with relics from the fort as well as photos, reproduction items, and literature covering the post's history and the settlement of the Great Plains.


The old Fort Wallace cemetery still exists, and is located next to the Wallace Township Cemetery at 38°54′23″N 101°33′36″W / 38.90639°N 101.56000°W / 38.90639; -101.56000.[1]


  1. ^ "Fort Wallace, Kansas Cemetery". Santa Fe Trail Research. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 

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